lax·​ity | \ ˈlak-sə-tē How to pronounce laxity (audio) \

Definition of laxity

: the quality or state of being lax

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The preservation laxities were dictated by what seemed at the time to be common sense. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 This man who built a career on rule of law and crime and punishment and intolerance for the ethical laxity of others was convicted by a jury of his peers in his hometown of Auburn after two weeks of trial. John Archibald |,, "Alabama court to decide if ignorance of the powerful is excused," 4 June 2019 New York City facial plastic surgeon Dara Liotta notes that button-down collars and Windsor knots tend to spotlight, rather than conceal, heaviness and laxity in the area. Jolene Edgar, Town & Country, "Powerful Men are Getting Cosmetic Procedures for One Very Specific Reason," 31 Mar. 2017 Emerging markets have suffered, but that reflects local troubles: botched reforms in Argentina; fiscal laxity in Brazil; inflation in Turkey. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 Fortunately, now there are several different noninvasive procedures that can improve the skin laxity in that area. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Woman has 'bat wings' on biceps. How should she get rid of them?," 29 June 2018 While popular with 40- and 50-somethings, derms also use them preventatively on younger folks, since thickening the skin in this way can stave off laxity and wrinkles. Jolene Edgar, Town & Country, "The Most Overrated Cosmetic Procedures," 23 Sep. 2016 As for fiscal laxity, net new borrowing of nearly $1trn is relatively small compared with the gross amount of debt America regularly rolls over. The Economist, "The outlook for US government debt," 12 Apr. 2018 But with Facebook’s executives engaging in a torrent of apologies following revelations over the company’s data-sharing laxity, the timing could scarcely have been worse. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Volatility Weariness, Facebook Medical Data, GE and KPMG: CEO Daily for April 6, 2018," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of laxity

1528, in the meaning defined above

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lax·​i·​ty | \ ˈlak-sət-ē How to pronounce laxity (audio) \
plural laxities

Medical Definition of laxity

: the quality or state of being loose a certain laxity of the bowels ligamentous laxity

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