- failure to do something at the proper time, especially such delay as will bar a party from bringing a legal proceeding.
Origin of laches
Examples from the Web for laches
In the Charmides, as also in the Laches, he is described as middle-aged; in the Lysis he is advanced in years.Lysis
I particularly observed how superior he was to Laches in presence of mind.Symposium
Laches draws the inference that the courageous man is either a soothsayer or a god.
Laches derides this; and Socrates enquires, 'What sort of intelligence?'
But Laches may take a different view; and I shall be very glad to hear what he has to say.
- law negligence or unreasonable delay in pursuing a legal remedy
Word Origin and History for laches
"negligence in performance of legal dute," 1570s, earlier simply "slackness, negligence, want of zeal," late 14c., from Anglo-French laches, Old French lachesse, from Old French lasche (Modern French lâche), verbal adj. from lascher, from Vulgar Latin *lascare, classical laxare, from laxus (see loose). Cf. riches.