Freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
"He lacked the leisure for golf"
Time available for ease and relaxation
"His job left him little leisure"
substantive use of a verb, from licēre
- Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.
- Time free from work or duties.
- 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 11
- Little had Mrs. Dashwood or her daughters imagined when they first came into Devonshire, that so many engagements would arise to occupy their time as shortly presented themselves, or that they should have such frequent invitations and such constant visitors as to leave them little leisure for serious employment.
- 1908, William David Ross (translator), Aristotle, Metaphysics
- This is why the mathematical arts were founded in Egypt; for there the priestly caste was allowed to be at leisure.