- The definition of lax is being relaxed or not strict.
- An example of lax is a parent who does not give her child a curfew.
- An example of lax is a person who doesn't read over an essay before turning it in.
- loose; emptying easily: said of the bowels
- having lax bowels
- slack; of a loose texture; not rigid or tight
- not strict or exact; careless: lax morals
- Bot. loose; open: said of a flower cluster
- Phonet. articulated with the jaw and tongue muscles relatively relaxed: said of certain vowels, as (e) and (i)
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin laxus from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lēg-, loose, lax from source slack
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adjective lax·er, lax·est
- Lacking in rigor, strictness, or firmness. See Synonyms at negligent.
- Not taut, firm, or compact; slack. See Synonyms at loose.
- Loose and not easily retained or controlled. Used of bowel movements.
- Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed, as the vowel (ĕ) in let.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin laxus, loose, lax; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.
- lax·aˈtion noun
- laxˈly adverb
- laxˈness noun