lax

[ laks ]
/ læks /

adjective, lax·er, lax·est.

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Origin of lax

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin laxus loose, slack, wide; akin to languēre to languish; cognate with Old English slæcslack1

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British Dictionary definitions for lax

lax
/ (læks) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of lax

laxly, adverblaxity or laxness, noun

Word Origin for lax

C14 (originally used with reference to the bowels): from Latin laxus loose
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