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lax

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adjective \ ˈlaks \

Definition of lax

1 a of the bowels :loose, open
b :having loose bowels
2 :deficient in firmness :not stringent
  • lax control
  • a lax foreman
  • security has been lax
3 a :not tense, firm, or rigid :slack
  • a lax rope
b :having an open or loose texture
  • a lax soil
c :having the constituents spread apart
  • a lax flower cluster
4 :articulated with the muscles involved in a relatively relaxed state (such as the vowel \i\ in contrast with the vowel \ē\)

laxation

play \lak-ˈsā-shən\ noun

laxly

play \ˈlaks-lē\ adverb

laxness

noun

Examples of lax in a Sentence

  1. The university has been lax about enforcing these rules.

  2. lax parents who let their kids stay out as late as they want

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Origin and Etymology of lax

Middle English, from Latin laxus loose — more at slack

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

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lax

noun

Definition of lax

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Origin and Etymology of lax

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

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LAX Defined for English Language Learners

lax

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adjective

Definition of lax for English Language Learners

  • : not careful enough : not strict enough


LAX Defined for Kids

lax

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adjective \ ˈlaks \

Definition of lax for Students

1 :not firm or tight :loose
  • The straps were lax.
2 :not stern or strict
  • lax discipline

laxness

noun

Medical Dictionary

lax

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adjective \ ˈlaks \

medical Definition of lax

1 of the bowels :loose 3
2 :having loose bowels


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