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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.


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(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
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(ˈlɑks nɛs)

Hall•dór Kil•jan (ˈhɑl doʊr ˈkɪl yɑn) 1902–98, Icelandic writer: Nobel prize 1955.
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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"
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The state or quality of being negligent:
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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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References in classic literature ?
Glegg had doubtless the glossiest and crispest brown curls in her drawers, as well as curls in various degrees of fuzzy laxness; but to look out on the week-day world from under a crisp and glossy front would be to introduce a most dreamlike and unpleasant confusion between the sacred and the secular.
He called for Sikh community to return to roots of Sikhism, fighting against the consumption of liquor, drugs and laxness in religious practices, such as the cutting of hair by Sikh youth.
In March 2018, LAXNESS, a leading provider of polyamide 6, polyamide 66 and PBT commissioned a new production line thermoplastic specialty compounds with capacity expansion by 10,000 metric tons/year in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany.
With a lot kids in the lineup without a lot of varsity playing time there was some nerves, some timidness and a little laxness on defense, but hopefully all that stuff will work itself out once we more games under our belts.
It gives a total score and three revised factors: laxness (permissive, inconsistent discipline); over-reactivity (strict emotional authoritarian discipline and anger); and hostility (use of verbal or physical force).
Nobody has questioned the return to fiscal laxness based on the assumption that economic conditions will remain the same.
He has told them that laxness would not be tolerated.
The Cabinet stressed that nobody is above the law, and that any illegitimate exploitation of a post or position constitute a clear case of corruption, affirming the need to punish all corrupt figures and those who support them, as there can be no leniency or laxness in dealing with this phenomenon now that Syria is at the cusp of the reconstruction and comprehensive development stage.
The Parenting scale (P-scale) (Arnold, O'Leary, Wolff, & Acker, 1993) is a 30-question, 7-item Likert self-report measure of dysfunctional discipline parenting practices, including laxness and overreactivity.
The day is annually observed on April 23 to mark the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of well-known writers, including Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejia Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and William Shakespeare.