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Etymology 1Edit

from light, the noun


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.

Etymology 2Edit

From light, the adjective.


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?