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Old French levité = Italian levità, < Latin levitātem, levitās, < levis light


a. Want of serious thought or reflexion; frivolity.
b. Incapacity for lasting affection, resolution, or conviction; heedlessness in making and breaking promises; instability, fickleness, inconstancy.
c.‘Light’ or undignified behavior; unbecoming freedom of conduct (said esp. of women); an instance of this.
d. Lightness (of spirit), freedom from care. Obs.

1631 John Donne Serm. (1959) IV. 83 To what a blessed levity, (if without levity we may so speake) to what a cheerefull lightnesse of spirit is he come, that comes newly from Confession.