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 The same laxity is found in most U.S. hospitals today. Betsy Mccaughey, WSJ, "U.S. Hospitals Aren’t Ready for the Coronavirus," 25 Jan. 2020 Ideas What Happens Next in the Chile Protests The confidence to fight doesn’t come from laxity but rather from discipline. Time, "Trump's Pardons of Soldiers Shows How Little He Knows About War," 18 Nov. 2019 And while research has pinpointed physiological aspects that lead women to tear their ACLs more often—including limb alignment, ligament laxity, muscle strength, and hormonal and genetic factors—psychological factors may be another key reason. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "Your Fear of Reinjury Could Get You Hurt Again," 11 Nov. 2019 That laxity has resulted in more than a million migrants flocking into the EU from the Middle East and North Africa. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 That laxity has resulted in more than a million migrants flocking into the EU from the Middle East and North Africa. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: The ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 Such a wide range of expertise, combined with his commitment to his creation, appears to preclude the possibility of dishonesty, laxity or a lack of imagination lying at the root of CCD’s poor results. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "Why Café Coffee Day’s immense popularity didn’t translate into big profits," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of laxity

1528, in the meaning defined above

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“Laxity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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