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lax

play
adjective \ˈlaks\

Simple Definition of lax

  • : not careful enough : not strict enough

Full Definition of lax

  1. 1 a of the bowels :  loose, open b :  having loose bowels

  2. 2 :  deficient in firmness :  not stringent <lax control> <a lax foreman>

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 :  articulated with the muscles involved in a relatively relaxed state (as the vowel \i\ in contrast with the vowel \ē\)

lax·a·tion play \lak-ˈsā-shən\ noun
lax·ly play \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

Synonym Discussion of lax

negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business <negligent about writing a note of thanks>. neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention <a society callously neglectful of the poor>. lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision <a reporter lax about accurate quotation>. slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care <slack workmanship>. remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect <had been remiss in their familial duties>.

Rhymes with lax


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lax

noun

Definition of lax



Origin of lax

by shortening & alteration (x as symbol for -crosse)


First Known Use: 1951

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms


Medical Dictionary

lax

play
adjective \ˈlaks\

Medical Definition of lax

  1. 1of the bowels :  loose 3

  2. 2:  having loose bowels





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