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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.




1. the act of making lax or the state of being lax
2. (Physiology) physiol defecation
[C14: from Latin laxātio, from laxāre to slacken]


(lækˈseɪ ʃən)

1. a loosening or relaxing.
2. the state of being loosened or relaxed.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin laxātiō loosening]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laxation - the elimination of fecal waste through the anuslaxation - the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
bowel movement, bm, movement - a euphemism for defecation; "he had a bowel movement"
excreting, excretion, voiding, elimination, evacuation - the bodily process of discharging waste matter
haematochezia, hematochezia - passage of stools containing blood (as from diverticulosis or colon cancer or peptic ulcer)
dump - a coarse term for defecation; "he took a shit"
urochesia, urochezia - passage of urine from the anus
2.laxation - the act of making something less tight
unfastening, untying, undoing - loosening the ties that fasten something; "the tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy"
modification, adjustment, alteration - the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
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