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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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
indica describes plants that are relatively tall, laxly branched, with narrow leaflets.
In contrast, missing a payment signals that the borrower feels he or she can approach his or her responsibilities to the manager more laxly.
Republicans would effectively repeal the individual mandate, as well as the laxly enforced employer mandate.
Safe Harbor allowed companies to store data on more laxly regulated US servers so long as they said the data complied with the EU's rules -- such as deleting data after a certain amount of time.
Leaves distant or laxly imbricate, leaf apices acute or obtuse.
need for industry expansion, the already laxly enforced laws and
Nawaz has like-words for those who would point laxly to the so-called root causes of ideologically motivated violence: "The grievance narrative that pins the blame on foreign policy is only half the story.
When the leagues began using digital fingerprinting and automated takedown tools to instantly remove streams from hosting websites in the United States, he switched to websites located elsewhere--in Pakistan or China or the Netherlands, wherever intellectual property rights laws are lax or laxly enforced.
Even laxly enforced, however, the Code affected preproduction decisions: an early MPPDA reader of Sanctuary opined that a movie version was "utterly unthinkable" (qtd.
Johnson: 'I may perhaps have said this, for nobody talks more laxly than I do' to which Boswell 'ventured to suggest to him that this was dangerous from one of his authority'.