The whole system was full of looseness, complexity and makeshifts.
Above the level of the ground-water all soils contain air, varying in amount with the degree of looseness of the soil.
A remarkable point in the Lancashire yarn trade is the looseness of the contracts between spinner and manufacturer.
The loose and barren rule of the Confederation seemed to conservative minds such as Hamilton's to presage, in its strengthening of individualism, a fatal looseness of social restraints, and led him on to a dread of democracy that he never overcame.
The morality of the age was lax, and more especially so in Spain and Portugal, where the looseness of the marriage tie and the example of the Moors encouraged polygamy.
By a looseness of translation, the superintendents of provinces, in the order of Jesuits, who act as officials under the superintendence of and auxiliary to the general, are sometimes called adjutants-general.
He had a passion for play, and was a friend of Ninon de l'Enclos; and his enemies found ready weapons against him in the undisguised looseness of his life.
But it is the general opinion of historians that he had a high sense of his responsibilities and a strong love of justice; despite the looseness of his personal morals, he commanded the affection and respect of Gilbert Foliot and Hugh of Lincoln, the most upright of the English bishops.
His writings have not one literary fault except their occasional looseness of grammar and their frequent indecency.
Although at times he states his principles with a wonderful degree of breadth and insight, he mars the effect by looseness of statement, and by the incorporation of irrelevant psychological matter.
When very young she became famous for her beauty, her learning, and the looseness of her conduct.
Many soils of a light sandy or gravelly or peaty nature and liable to drought and looseness of texture can be improved by the addition of large amounts of clay of an ordinary character.
The very looseness of their organization, indeed, made it inevitable that the Beguine associations should follow very diverse developments.
&6, through, 1!4w, flow), an excessive looseness of the bowels, a symptom of irritation which may be due to various causes, or may be associated with some specific disease.
He seems not to have had the firmness of character nor the frugality of Walid; but he was very severe against the looseness of manners that reigned at Medina, and was highly religious.
The deliberate looseness which is thus given to his fundamental doctrine characterizes more or less his whole discussion of ethics.
2 But its looseness of arrangement and almost grotesque co-ordination of qualities widely differing in importance are obvious.
In the long reign that followed he showed no great ability or energy, and a looseness of morals which embroiled him with the Church.
Their conservatism became increasingly a reactionary fear of democracy; indeed, it is not a strained construction of the times to regard the entire Federalist period from the American point of view as reactionary - a reaction against the doctrines of natural rights, individualism, and states' rights, and the financial looseness of the period of the War of Independence and the succeeding years of the Confederation.
In this usage the word would be equivalent to the more recent and scarcely less abused term, transcendentalism, and as such it is used even by a sympathetic writer like Carlyle; but this looseness of phraseology only serves to blur important distinctions.
Most women spend their lifetime buying bras in one or two sizes, mentally adjusting for any tightness or looseness that they may feel with their present bra.
The major symptoms of kyphoscoliosis type, formerly called EDS type VI, are general joint looseness.
Clinical symptoms such as extreme joint looseness and unusual skin qualities, along with family history, can lead to a diagnosis of EDS.
As a result, the child may develop various deformities of the skeleton or disorders related to the relative looseness of the ligaments.
It is caused by a combination of the rapid growth of children with Marfan, and the looseness of the ligaments that help the spine to keep its shape.
The child's teeth will be examined for looseness, and the muscles and nerves of the face will be evaluated.
Hormonal changes within the mother during pregnancy result in increased ligament looseness or laxity and are thought to possibly cross over the placenta and cause the baby to have lax ligaments while still in the womb.
The looseness of knickers means that your skin can breathe more naturally, which keeps you healthier overall.
The looseness of the knickers may seem to suggest immodesty, but they did provide full coverage and were healthier to wear.
The direction of attention to the performance of some movement by the arm ensures that looseness and freedom from tension in the thigh muscles which is essential for the provocation of the jerk.
Moreover, the looseness of his statements and the rashness of his inferences regarding statistical averages make him, as a great authority has remarked, the enfant terrible of moral statisticians.
Various stories were circulated about the looseness of Walid's manner of life; Yazid accused him of irreligion, and, by representing himself as a devout and God-fearing man, won over the pious Moslems. The conspirators met with slight opposition.
There is a general looseness of morals: marriage is a very slight tie, which can be dissolved at any time by either husband or wife.
If the Commons wished to be rid of him because he upheld the prerogative, the kIng was equally desirous to be rid of him because he looked coldly on the looseness of the royal morals.
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