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English definition of “lightly”

lightly

adverb (NOT SERIOUSLY)    /ˈlaɪt.li/
If you say something lightly, you are not serious when you say it: "Anyway, it won't affect me because I'm leaving," she said lightly.Humour and humorous not do sth lightly C2 If something is not said or treated lightly, it is said or treated in a serious way, after great thought: Accusations like these from a top minister are not made lightly.Lacking humour
(Definition of lightly adverb (NOT SERIOUSLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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