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Synonyms and Antonyms of slack

  1. 1 failing to give proper care and attention <a building contractor known mainly for his firm's slack workmanship and slipshod construction> Synonyms careless, derelict, disregardful, lax, lazy, neglectful, neglecting, remiss, negligentRelated Words heedless, incautious, irresponsible, reckless, wild; unguarded, unwary; forgetful; disregardful, disregarding, inattentive, oblivious, thoughtless, unheeding, unmindful, unthinking; apathetic, disinterested, indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested; delinquent; looseNear Antonyms meticulous, painstaking, punctilious; cautious, chary, circumspect, gingerly, guarded; alert, heedful, heeding, mindful, observant, regardful, regarding, vigilant, wary, watchful; foresighted, forethoughtful, provident, responsible; thinking, thoughtful; concerned, interestedAntonyms attentive, careful, conscientious, nonnegligent

  2. 2 not bound by rigid standards <slack supervision on the project> Synonyms flexible, lax, loose, relaxed, easygoing, unrestrained, unrestrictedRelated Words careless, derelict, heedless, irresponsible, lazy, neglectful, negligent, remiss, slipshod, sloppy, sloven, slovenly, unfussyNear Antonyms constrained, restrained, restricted, tight; careful, conscientious, exact, fussy, meticulous, painstaking, punctilious, scrupulous; implacable, inflexibleAntonyms hard, harsh, rigid, rigorous, severe, stern, strict

  3. 3 not tightly fastened, tied, or stretched <left the ropes slack> Synonyms insecure, lax, loosened, relaxed, loose, slackened, unsecuredRelated Words detached, free, unattached, unbound, undone, unfastened, untied; baggy, blousy, saggyNear Antonyms constrained, restrained; attached, bound, fastened, tied; fast, firm, jammed, snug, stuck, wedgedAntonyms taut, tense, tight



Synonyms and Antonyms of slack

  1. 1 an allowable margin of freedom or variation <our boss doesn't cut us any slack when it comes to being back from lunch on time> Synonyms latitude, leeway, space, wiggle room Related Words license (or licence), rein, swing

  2. 2 the extent to which something hangs or dips below a straight line <take up the slack of a rope> Synonyms droop, hang, sag, slacknessRelated Words floppiness, laxity, laxness, limpness, loosenessNear Antonyms rigidity, rigidness, tautness, tenseness, tension, tightness

  3. 3 slacks pl  an outer garment covering each leg separately from waist to ankle <she prefers wearing slacks instead of a dress> Synonyms breeches, britches, pantaloons, slacks, trousersRelated Words baggies, bell-bottoms, blue jeans, cargo pants, cords, corduroys, denims, jeans; hose, legging (or leggin), sweatpants; pants suit, pantsuit; bloomers, knee breeches, knickerbockers



Synonyms and Antonyms of slack

  1. to make less taut <the skipper ordered the crew to slack off the sheets on the mainsail> Synonyms ease, loosen, relax, slackenRelated Words detach, free, unbind, undo, unfasten, untieNear Antonyms attach, bind, fasten, tie; constrain, restrainAntonyms strain, stretch, tense, tension, tighten

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February 11, 2016

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