lax·​ity ˈlak-sə-tē How to pronounce laxity (audio)
: the quality or state of being lax

Examples of laxity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Injectable filler probably won’t fully correct the issue, since sagging skin and laxity is the primary issue. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 18 Sep. 2023 Thanks to the laxity of the Iraqi security forces, the mob made it over the walls with surprising ease. Amir Ahmadi Arian, Harper's Magazine, 16 Aug. 2023 There is a strong suspicion that menstrual cycles increase the risk of ruptures, by affecting ligament laxity, but, as is the case with so many medical issues affecting women, the theory has not been the subject of sufficient rigorous study. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2023 This brings us to my fourth-and-a-half manifestation of laxity in the face of the authoritarian threat: this recent gossip that Jamie Dimon should jump into the presidential race. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 17 July 2023 But that laxity sometimes produced singular articles—occasional glimpses of what the magazine would become in its full bloom. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Nov. 2014 Particularly in the neck, laxity becomes near impossible to camouflage without some kind of lift. Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2023 Best Body Lotion Gold Bond Age Renew Retinol Overnight Body & Face Lotion $15 at CVS Credit: An advanced formula that battles everything from dryness to discoloration to laxity. Women's Health, 9 May 2023 Emface may be enough to tighten mild sagging on areas like the jawline, but moderate to severe laxity most likely won't be adequately lifted. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laxity was in 1528

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“Laxity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


lax·​ity ˈlak-sət-ē How to pronounce laxity (audio)
: the quality or state of being lax

Medical Definition


lax·​i·​ty ˈlak-sət-ē How to pronounce laxity (audio)
plural laxities
: the quality or state of being loose
a certain laxity of the bowels
ligamentous laxity
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