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[ ree-lak-sey-shuhn ]


  1. abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.
  2. an activity or recreation that provides such relief; diversion; entertainment.

    Synonyms: pleasure, amusement, fun

  3. a loosening or slackening.
  4. diminution or remission of strictness or severity.
  5. Mathematics. a numerical procedure for solving systems of equations by successive approximations of the variables.
  6. Physics.
    1. the return of a system undergoing dissipation to an initial state of equilibrium after being displaced from it.
    2. the approach to steady-state operation of a system that has undergone dissipation and a change in state or has been subjected to an abrupt periodic disturbance.


/ ˌriːlækˈseɪʃən /


  1. rest or refreshment, as after work or effort; recreation
  2. a form of rest or recreation

    his relaxation is cricket

  3. a partial lessening of a punishment, duty, etc
  4. the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed
  5. physics the return of a system to equilibrium after a displacement from this state
  6. maths a method by which errors resulting from an approximation are reduced by using new approximations

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Other Words From

  • nonre·lax·ation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of relaxation1

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin relaxātiōn- (stem of relaxātiō ), equivalent to relaxāt ( us ) (past participle of relaxāre to relax; -ate 1 ) + -iōn- -ion

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Example Sentences

Although this has been debated in the scientific community, similar theories regarding the benefits of deep pressure and relaxation have now been introduced to homes around the world and seem to be providing many with comfort and relief.

Picture the soft red mist as a mist of natural relaxation flowing through and around your body.

Any relaxation now, whether in government restrictions or public adherence, would likely result in another surge.

From Vox

Tightly wound and fast-paced waves are associated with alertness and focus, while slower, more spaced-out waves are associated with relaxation and sleep.

Breathing and relaxation techniques even seem to help with chronic stress.

For one, she admitted TV documentary crews into her palaces to film her, an unheard-of relaxation of the court protocols.

Everything is meant to be utilitarian and efficient, at the expense of relaxation or comfort.

After working up a sweat, the “Erotic Pleasure Palace” offers a moment of relaxation.

It also includes unique coping methods, such as voice-recorded mindfulness and relaxation exercises, or relaxing music.

Doc Severinsen, when he retired from The Tonight Show, came for solace and relaxation and got that and much more.

The fact that the day following the punishment parade was a Sunday brought about a certain relaxation from discipline.

Victor Lebrun, who happened to be in the city, bent upon relaxation, had accepted with alacrity.

Such a relaxation would greatly endear His Majesty to his subjects.

The reduction in the nuns not only decreased the importance of the abbey but led to a terrible relaxation of discipline.

I suffered so much from the consequent relaxation, that I never repeated the occasion.





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