- not strict or severe; careless or negligent: lax morals; a lax attitude toward discipline.
- loose or slack; not tense, rigid, or firm: a lax rope; a lax handshake.
- not rigidly exact or precise; vague: lax ideas.
- open, loose, or not retentive, as diarrheal bowels.
- (of a person) having the bowels unusually loose or open.
- open or not compact; having a loosely cohering structure; porous: lax tissue; lax texture.
- Phonetics. (of a vowel) articulated with relatively relaxed tongue muscles.Compare tense1(def 4).
Origin of lax
Examples from the Web for laxly
The others make an unfavourable impression because they are so laxly executed.The Clyde Mystery
I was pleased, however, to see that I was so lightly and laxly guarded.In the Wrong Paradise
They held hands for a time, laxly, till one loosed, and then both swung limply back to their places.The Walking Delegate
In both cases we have a laxly articulated short sound, and a diphthong in which the tongue rises towards the end.The Sounds of Spoken English
The word properly applies to Muhammadans only, but is often laxly used to include Hindoo ascetics.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official
- lacking firmness; not strict
- lacking precision or definition
- not taut
- phonetics (of a speech sound) pronounced with little muscular effort and consequently having relatively imprecise accuracy of articulation and little temporal duration. In English the vowel i in bit is lax
- (of flower clusters) having loosely arranged parts
Word Origin and History for laxly
"salmon," from Old English leax (see lox).
c.1400, "loose" (in reference to bowels), from Latin laxus "wide, loose, open," figuratively "loose, free, wide," from PIE root *(s)leg- "to be slack, be languid" (cf. Greek legein "to leave off, stop," lagos "hare," literally "with drooping ears," lagnos "lustful, lascivious," lagaros "slack, hollow, shrunken;" Latin languere "to be faint, weary," languidis "faint, weak, dull, sluggish, languid"). Of rules, discipline, etc., attested from mid-15c.