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lax

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of lax

  1. 1 failing to give proper care and attention lax parents who let their kids stay out as late as they want Synonyms of lax careless, derelict, disregardful, negligent, lazy, neglectful, neglecting, remiss, slackWords Related to lax heedless, incautious, irresponsible, reckless, wild; unguarded, unwary; forgetful; disregardful, disregarding, inattentive, oblivious, thoughtless, unheeding, unmindful, unthinking; apathetic, disinterested, indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested; delinquent; looseNear Antonyms of lax meticulous, painstaking, punctilious; cautious, chary, circumspect, gingerly, guarded; alert, heedful, heeding, mindful, observant, regardful, regarding, vigilant, wary, watchful; foresighted, forethoughtful, provident, responsible; thinking, thoughtful; concerned, interestedAntonyms of lax attentive, careful, conscientious, nonnegligent

  2. 2 not bound by rigid standards the guidelines for the essay contest were fairly lax, permitting a wide variety of topics Synonyms of lax flexible, easygoing, loose, relaxed, slack, unrestrained, unrestrictedWords Related to lax careless, derelict, heedless, irresponsible, lazy, neglectful, negligent, remiss, slipshod, sloppy, sloven, slovenly, unfussyNear Antonyms of lax constrained, restrained, restricted, tight; careful, conscientious, exact, fussy, meticulous, painstaking, punctilious, scrupulous; implacable, inflexibleAntonyms of lax hard, harsh, rigid, rigorous, severe, stern, strict

  3. 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 Synonyms of lax insecure, loose, loosened, relaxed, slack, slackened, unsecuredWords Related to lax detached, free, unattached, unbound, undone, unfastened, untied; baggy, blousy, saggyNear Antonyms of lax constrained, restrained; attached, bound, fastened, tied; fast, firm, jammed, snug, stuck, wedgedAntonyms of lax taut, tense, tight

Synonym Discussion of lax

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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