adjective \ˈlaks\

: not careful enough : not strict enough

Full Definition of LAX

a of the bowels :  loose, open
b :  having loose bowels
:  deficient in firmness :  not stringent <lax control> <a lax foreman>
a :  not tense, firm, or rigid :  slack <a lax rope>
b :  having an open or loose texture
c :  having the constituents spread apart <a lax flower cluster>
:  articulated with the muscles involved in a relatively relaxed state (as the vowel \i\ in contrast with the vowel \ē\)
lax·a·tion \lak-ˈsā-shən\ noun
lax·ly \ˈlaks-lē\ adverb
lax·ness noun

Examples of LAX

  1. The university has been lax about enforcing these rules.
  2. <lax parents who let their kids stay out as late as they want>

Origin of LAX

Middle English, from Latin laxus loose — more at slack
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LAX



Definition of LAX

:  lacrosse

Origin of LAX

by shortening & alteration (x as symbol for -crosse)
First Known Use: 1951

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lateral, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate


adjective \ˈlaks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LAX

of the bowels : loose 3
: having loose bowels


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