laches

[ lach-iz ]
/ ˈlætʃ ɪz /

noun (used with a singular verb)Law.

failure to do something at the proper time, especially such delay as will bar a party from bringing a legal proceeding.

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Origin of laches

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English lachesse, from Anglo-French, variant of Middle French laschesse, derivative of Old French lasche “slack” (from Germanic ); see -ice
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British Dictionary definitions for laches

laches
/ (ˈlætʃɪz) /

noun

law negligence or unreasonable delay in pursuing a legal remedy

Word Origin for laches

C14 lachesse, via Old French lasche slack, from Latin laxus lax
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