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Approximately vs. Loosely

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Approximatelyadverb

Imprecise but close to in quantity or amount.

‘In every box of matches there are approximately 40 matchsticks.’; ‘Per 100g of chocolate there are approximately 11.6g of saturated fat.’; ‘...approximately 60 beats per minute.’;

Looselyadverb

In a loose manner.

Approximatelyadverb

With approximation; so as to approximate; nearly.

Looselyadverb

Not tightly.

‘Insert all the bolts loosely, then tighten them.’;

Approximatelyadverb

(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct;

‘lasted approximately an hour’; ‘in just about a minute’; ‘he's about 30 years old’; ‘I've had about all I can stand’; ‘we meet about once a month’; ‘some forty people came’; ‘weighs around a hundred pounds’; ‘roughly $3,000’; ‘holds 3 gallons, more or less’; ‘20 or so people were at the party’;

Looselyadverb

Approximately.

‘It's red, to use the term loosely, sort of brown and sort of orange, let's call it reddish.’;

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Approximatelyadverb

used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or exact; roughly

‘a journey of approximately two hours’;

Looselyadverb

Used to indicate an imprecise use of words; short for loosely speaking

‘A whale is, loosely, maybe very loosely, a fish.’;

Looselyadverb

In a loose manner.

Looselyadverb

in a relaxed manner; not rigid;

‘his hands lay loosely’;

Looselyadverb

in a loose manner;

‘a union of loosely federated states’;

Looselyadverb

without regard to specific details or exceptions;

‘he interprets the law broadly’;

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Looselyadverb

knitted in a loose manner;

‘loosely knit’;

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