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 To win — defined as sickening or killing thousands of us — COVID-19 counts on our laxity. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Great Coronavirus War Is upon Us," 12 Mar. 2020 Any laxity in fighting the virus is not to be found with the U.S., but rather with its loudest and most opportunistic critics. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "America Still a Global Leader Even in a Time of Crisis," 2 Apr. 2020 The seeming laxity of Nigeria’s quarantine measures have also been felt at the heart of Nigeria’s seat of power: Abba Kyari, president Muhammadu Buhari’s powerful chief of staff, has tested positive for coronavirus. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The troubling data point behind Nigeria’s low number of coronavirus cases," 24 Mar. 2020 The customs service, meanwhile, has denied that Kyrgyz taxpayers have lost any money at all as a result of any laxity or corruption on its part. The Economist, "A vast smuggling ring is exposed in Kyrgyzstan, to popular outrage," 5 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of laxity

1528, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2020

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“Laxity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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