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[leest-wahyz] /ˈlist waɪz/
adverb, Informal.
at least; at any rate.
Origin of leastwise
1525-35; least + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I was a baby, as you may say; leastwise a child of three or four.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • Taking "lest" for least, can it have been used for at least, or as some people say, leastwise?

  • leastwise, that's what it amounts to, though that ain't the language he made use of.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • leastwise, he ain't what you'd go so far as to call a boon companion.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • "I reckon so; leastwise I used to get my mail here," answered Roy, a bit startled.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • Don't let her get any nearer, leastwise while he's aloft with the glasses.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • leastwise, don't s-s-sorter seem to r-recall no such n-name, Miss.

    Beth Norvell Randall Parrish
  • The baby did n't cry no more that night; leastwise we did n't hear it if it did cry.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • leastwise, he ain't there, and his man can't get Mr. Billings to go.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • But it is n't for a man to have them feelin's—leastwise, it is n't for him to tell uv 'em.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field

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