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adj. lax·er, lax·est
1. Lacking in rigor, strictness, or firmness. See Synonyms at negligent.
2. Not taut, firm, or compact; slack. See Synonyms at loose.
3. Loose and not easily retained or controlled. Used of bowel movements.
4. Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed, as the vowel (ĕ) in let.

[Middle English, from Latin laxus, loose, lax; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.]

lax·a′tion n.
lax′ly adv.
lax′ness n.


ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.laxly - in a permissively lenient manner; "he felt incensed that Tarrant should have been treated so leniently given his crime"
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In view of the future or possible, we should live quite laxly and undefined in front, our outlines dim and misty on that side; as our shadows reveal an insensible perspiration toward the sun.
7 mm long, 3-6-celled, strigose to laxly spreading; lamina margins eglandular, ciliate, the hairs 0.
202) However, New York law, as it has developed over the past century, treats criminal wrongdoing in the private sector contractual context so laxly as to almost encourage it.
Letters have been served to district administrations of all the flood affected parts of Sindh to demolish properties and evacuate lands which are an obstacle in flow of water, he added explaining that in the past governments laxly took such steps but the current situation had necessitated action more than it did in the past.
Also, related to the probit results, laxly monitored firms purchase more insurance when they have a higher liquidity ratio, suggesting that the positive relation between liquidity ratio and the extent of insurance observed in the pooled sample analysis is mainly driven by the laxly monitored firms.
Broken promises, vague and laxly enforced laws, corruption at every relevant level and the years-old absence of anything approaching proactive governance have led the 6000 or so prisoners in the country to a dead end.
It seems that there was some distinction between hortatory material from the gussets and practical material, a distinction reflected in later practices when "improving" hadith were much more laxly tested than legal or doctrinal hadith.
5-2 mm, narrowly triangular, dark castaneous, straight to retrorse-uncinate, 4-8 mm apart, margins toward the apex laxly spinose, spines triangular, prevailing retrorse-uncinate, 1-2 x 1 mm, 7-15 mm apart.
Senegal's currency control and reporting requirements are not uniform and are reportedly laxly enforced.
and policy guidance to officers, or disciplines laxly those who violate