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 This kind of laxity was especially bad during surges in case numbers, Karliner added. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, "The Lonely, Vital Work of Medical Interpretation," 29 Apr. 2021 With regulations regaining their importance, companies and industries, knowing the days of win-win laxity are past, are once again moving to ensure fair treatment. John S. Tobey, Forbes, "Stock Market: Trump's Favored Industries Boosted By Biden's Actions," 19 Apr. 2021 The laxity in preventive measures, coupled with the presence of new variants, has resulted in a nationwide crisis. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz, "Is India’s second Covid-19 wave impacting more youth and kids than the first?," 15 Apr. 2021 Going easy on borrowers today could encourage laxity in future, inviting more crises. The Economist, "How has the IMF fared during the pandemic?," 31 Mar. 2021 The laxity has had consequences: The league has officially shut down three times for two weeks, because players tested positive. New York Times, "The Retired Boys of Summer Play On," 25 Feb. 2021 There was apparently a certain laxity on this particular line. Washington Post, "Streetcar from Georgetown to Glen Echo was area’s most memorable ride," 6 Feb. 2021 Research has found that sun exposure is responsible for 80 to 90 percent of the visible signs of skin aging, like fine lines, discoloration, and laxity. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Sunscreen," 15 Oct. 2020 Masters said the training centers in recent years had been engaged in community projects, such as supporting charities, which allowed for some laxity. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Training center in UAW scandal has big price tag, but will its role change?," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of laxity

1528, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Laxity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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