latitude

Xeniaxyz

Member
Sweden, swedish
I'm reading a book by David Baldacci - Stone Cold - where I ran in to the following expression:

"...and I appreciate the latitude you've given me ... to pursue this matter..."

I would interpret the word latitude as 'importance' but would appreciate some input in the way of using this word, which I normally would use as longlitude/latitude around the globe.

Thank you in advance!
 
  • MichaelW

    Senior Member
    English (British)
    Here it meens "frredom", to give someone latitude is to give them the freedom to take decisions and actions without tight controls or supervision etc.

    Definition:

    2.freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of action, opinion, etc.: He allowed his children a fair amount of latitude
     
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