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[lak-si-tee] /ˈlæk sɪ ti/
the state or quality of being lax; looseness.
Origin of laxity
First recorded in 1520-30, laxity is from the Latin word laxitās wideness, openness. See lax, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • laxity in the observance of this rule will result disastrously.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • The laxity of morals at the beginning of our era has been exaggerated but it was real.

  • The laxity of "foreigners" on this article of the Creed is proverbial.

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    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • The English laxity had led to too much liberty, to doubting, even.

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    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Only if there was laxity in the handling of the planet's motion would a storm come.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • This was not due to laxity of morals, but to the fact that they had no taboos on reality.


    William Graham Sumner
Word Origin and History for laxity

1520s, from Middle French laxité, from Latin laxitatem (nominative laxitas) "width, spaciousness," from laxus (see lax).

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