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laches

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noun la·ches \ˈla-chəz, ˈlā-\

Definition of laches

plural laches

  1. :  negligence in the observance of duty or opportunity; specifically :  undue delay in asserting a legal right or privilege



Origin of laches

Middle English lachesse, from Anglo-French laschesce, from lasche lax, ultimately from Latin laxare to loosen — more at lease


First Known Use: 14th century


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