[ laks ]
/ læks /

adjective, lax·er, lax·est.

Nearby words

  1. lawyer,
  2. lawyer vine,
  3. lawyer's wig,
  4. lawyering,
  5. lawyerly,
  6. laxalt,
  7. laxation,
  8. laxative,
  9. laxatively,
  10. laxity

Origin of lax

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin laxus loose, slack, wide; akin to languēre to languish; cognate with Old English slæc slack1

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Examples from the Web for lax

British Dictionary definitions for lax


/ (læks) /


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 Formslaxly, adverblaxity or laxness, noun

Word Origin for lax

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

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