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1. Done with or having an open hand: an openhanded karate chop.
2. Giving freely; generous. See Synonyms at liberal.

o′pen·hand′ed·ly adv.
o′pen·hand′ed·ness n.
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Noun1.openhandedness - liberality in bestowing giftsopenhandedness - liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
liberality, liberalness - the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
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