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

Definition of laxity

: the quality or state of being lax

Examples of laxity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skin laxity, fine lines from sun damage, and wrinkles caused by muscle movement all contribute to what makes up an undereye hollow. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 17 Feb. 2022 Erroneous beliefs around vaginal tightness also contribute to the second virginity test that exists, other than a hymen examination — the ‘laxity’ test, or ‘two-finger’ test. Sophia Smith Galer,, 11 Apr. 2022 Exchanges in most Western countries are required to carry out know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering checks, although some of them, including Binance, have been criticized for alleged laxity. Gian M. Volpicelli, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 For patients with moderate to severe skin laxity, a blepharoplasty is a more effective option while those with dark circles or pigment issues are better treated with laser resurfacing. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 17 Feb. 2022 Among the many costs of the department’s laxity toward Hillary Clinton in 2016 is that any enforcement of the law against Trump now will be seen, with some justification, as partiality. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 And for older patients with more pronounced laxity, neck and face-lifts remain the gold standard. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 And America’s continuing laxity around prevention has repeatedly forced its health-care workers to take the brunt of each pandemic surge. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2021 For years, companies have been vowing to harden their electronic defenses as cybersecurity firms repeatedly warned them about the pitfalls of this form of laxity. Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of laxity

1528, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Laxity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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