adjective, lax·er, lax·est.
- lawyer vine,
- lawyer's wig,
Origin of lax
Examples from the Web for lax
Conservatives have attacked the lax security under Obama, even straining to tie the threat to ISIS.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right|Sally Kohn|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the age of the Internet and in our lax regulatory environment, there are more quacks than ever before.The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor'|Penny Lane|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is also quite easy to drive from California to Nevada, which also has lax gun laws.
If lax guns laws and more guns overall made people safer, the United States would be the safest place in the world.
Blame for the deaths fell on lax safety measures, which allowed the victims to get too near to the test site.Branson’s Galactic Obstacles: Tom Bower Puts a Damper on Virgin’s Space Flight Dreams|Clive Irving|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Discipline on the privateers was lax, and the profits of a successful cruise were enormous.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
The presence of such a man as Lax in the country was an eyesore to Captain Clayton, which it was his primary duty to remove.
You are lax in the wrong place, and scrupulous in the wrong place.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
He had been aware that Lax was in the court, and had seated himself opposite to the place where the man had stood.
Monsieur Etienne de Saint Pierre fell back, lax with astonishment.The Firebrand|S. R. Crockett
Word Origin for lax
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.
"salmon," from Old English leax (see lox).