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leeway (noun) freedom for doing things the way you want to.

ďI do not have much leeway in these matters. I have to go by what the boss says.Ē This means that I do not have much freedom to do things as I like as I have to follow the bossís orders. Parents do not allow children much leeway in certain matters. That is, parents impose their will on children in certain matters without allowing them enough freedom. In democratic countries, the head of the state does not have much leeway in taking decisions, because they have to go by the legislature, like the parliament, the congress, the senate, etc.

  • He is good at taking decisions, and is really an asset to the company, but unfortunately he hasnít much leeway in decision making, as the board insists on his implementing their decisions.
  • How much leeway children should be allowed is a question to which there is no easy answer. It depends most importantly the type of children you are dealing with. Some children abuse the freedom, whereas some others benefit by the leeway.
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