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lightness

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Etymology 1Edit

from light, the noun

NounEdit

lightness (countable and uncountable, plural lightnesses)

  1. (uncountable) the condition of being illuminated
  2. (uncountable) the relative whiteness or transparency of a colour
  3. (countable) The product of being illuminated.
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Etymology 2Edit

From light, the adjective.

NounEdit

lightness (uncountable)

  1. The state of having little weight, or little force.
  2. Agility of movement.
  3. Freedom from worry.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[1], page 266:
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
  4. Levity, frivolity; inconsistency.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p. 75:
      Seneca [...] accounts it a filthy lightness in men, every day to lay new foundations of their life, but who doth otherwise?
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