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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.




(Biography) Halldór (Kiljan) (haldəʊr). 1902–98, Icelandic novelist, noted for his treatment of rural working life in Iceland. His works include Salka Valka (1932) and Independent People (1935). Nobel prize for literature 1955


(ˈlɑks nɛs)

Hall•dór Kil•jan (ˈhɑl doʊr ˈkɪl yɑn) 1902–98, Icelandic writer: Nobel prize 1955.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laxness - the quality of being lax and neglectful
neglectfulness, negligence, neglect - the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
2.laxness - the condition of being physiologically lax; "baths can help the laxness of the bowels"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"


The state or quality of being negligent:
تهاوُن، تَراخٍ
kæruleysi, linka


(lӕks) adjective
careless or not strict in discipline or morals. Pupils have been rather lax about some of the school rules recently.
ˈlaxity noun
ˈlaxness noun
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Flowers are immortal, you cut them in autumn and they grow again in spring--somewhere,' wrote Halldor Laxness, Icelandic writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
They Come to Us Without a Word is an immersive multimedia installation--incorporating video, drawings, objects and sound --whose focus on landscape and nature owes much to the work of 20th-century Icelandic writer Halldor Laxness (Fig.
In 1995, the UNESCO decided that the world book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonia festival and because it was also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la,Vega and Joseph Pla and the birth of Maurice Druon, manuel Mejia Vallejo and Halldor Laxness.
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The work of Iceland's 1955 Nobel Prize-winning novelist Halldor Laxness has stirred renewed interest since his death in 1998 and is finally being translated for an eager English-speaking public amid fanfare from major contemporary writers.
Nobel Prize winning Icelandic writer Halldor Laxness was rescued from obscurity by novelist and academic Brad Leithauser with the publication of "A Small County's Great Book" in The New York Review of Books in 1995.
Iceland has a rich literature of its own, yet most works remain unknown in the United States; even the works of Halldor Laxness (1902-1998), the recipient of the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature, have not been widely translated.
Until the day he died, Mahfouz was the oldest living Nobel laureate in Literature and the third oldest of all time, trailing only Bertrand Russell and Halldor Laxness.