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English definition of “lightly”

lightly

adverb (NOT SEVERELY)    /ˈlaɪt.li/
get off lightly; let sb off lightly to be punished or to punish someone less severely than might have been expected: I think he got off quite lightly considering it's his third driving offence.Not punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of lightly adverb (NOT SEVERELY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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