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lax

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2 not bound by rigid standards
  • The guidelines for the essay contest were fairly lax, permitting a wide variety of topics.
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3 not tightly fastened, tied, or stretched
  • The sheet on the foresail was lax, and so the sail was flapping wildly in the stiff wind.
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negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business.
    • negligent about writing a note of thanks
neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention.
    • a society callously neglectful of the poor
lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision.
    • a reporter lax about accurate quotation
slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care.
    • slack workmanship
remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect.
    • had been remiss in their familial duties

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