Definition of Leastwise

1. Adverb. If nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial). "The influence of economists--or at any rate of economics--is far-reaching"

Exact synonyms: At Any Rate, At Least, Leastways
Language type: Colloquialism

Definition of Leastwise

1. Adverb. (informal) "at least". ¹

2. Adverb. minimally ¹

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Definition of Leastwise

1. [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Leastwise

least of all
least resistance
least sandpiper
least shrew
least significant bit
least significant bits
least significant byte
least significant bytes
least squares
least weasel
least weasels
leastwise (current term)
leather carp
leather cheerio
leather cheerios
leather fern
leather flower
leather leaf

Literary usage of Leastwise

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1. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1849)
"... they will), or at leastwise and in the meantime to leave them arbitrary, for men according to their several different judgements, to use or not to use ..."

2. The History of the Church & Manor of Wigan in the County of Lancaster by George Thomas Orlando Bridgeman (1889)
"My aim is only to cast water on that fire which is already kindled, or leastwise that none may get a stick from this place to increase the flame, ..."

3. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1984 learned See ALLEGED 2. leary See LEERY, LEARY. leastways, leastwise These two synonymous ... leastwise, I haven't met it —Chicago Daily Tribune. 6 Nov. ..."

4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1875)
"Illustrations of:— 'Or leastwise that the robber would be made to answer for it. ... leastwise, he'm no right to go spying here on our quay. ..."

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