Definition of lax in English:


Syllabification: lax
Pronunciation: /laks


  • 2(Of the limbs or muscles) relaxed.
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    • He had, by now, stood up, but his lanky limbs were still lax as his back steadied itself against the wall.
    • I stagger down the street for a while before my lax limbs become used to working again.
    • His friend sagged slightly then, something that looked like the beginnings of tears glimmering on his eyelashes as he pulled lax fingers into action and slowly unbuttoned his shirt.
  • 2.1(Of the bowels) loose.
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    • The unfortunate offset was that the hydronically excited children became rather lax in the bladder department, and messy assisted toilet trips were required.
  • 2.2 Phonetics (Of a speech sound, especially a vowel) pronounced with the vocal muscles relaxed. The opposite of tense1.
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    • In view of the time required to move to more peripheral vowel positions, tense vowels tend to be peripheral and lax vowels closer to schwa, the neutral or central vowel.



Pronunciation: /ˈlaksətē/
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  • Most of the studies of joint laxity contributing to injury are limited to the knee joint.
  • They didn't think to ask her how come she and one of her band mates had come to be lying under oath about it, though, which seems like a spot of journalistic laxity.
  • The history of government over the past seven years gives the impression of laxity, thus causing populism to overflow and public authority to shrink.


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  • The school had wanted to expand school enrollment and wanted to make sure that there were enough qualifying students, which was why the teachers graded laxly.
  • Both are known as the pre-Code era, although a loose, laxly administered set of standards was already in place for both media.
  • In the early twentieth century, twenty-eight states restricted child labor by law, but most of the laws were vaguely worded, full of exemptions, and laxly enforced.


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  • I think a lot of immigration lawyers like myself laughed when we heard about the laxness of our immigration system.
  • The family discord has been in progress for about two weeks, said the man, attributing it, in part, to the laxness of previous discipline.
  • There will be no place for such laxness this Sunday.


late Middle English (in the sense 'loose', said of the bowels): from Latin laxus.

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