Definitions for: Lax


[adj] emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels"
[adj] lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline"
[adj] tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; "too soft on the children"
[adj] lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "flaccid muscles"; "took his lax hand in hers"; "gave a limp handshake"; "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton; "a slack grip"
[adj] not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight; "a lax rope"
[adj] (phonetics) pronounced with muscles relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')



Webster (1913) Definition: Lax, a. [Compar. Laxer; superl. Laxest.] [L. laxus Cf.
Laches, Languish, Lease, v. t., Leash.]
1. Not tense, firm, or rigid; loose; slack; as, a lax
bandage; lax fiber.

The flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy.
--Ray.

2. Not strict or stringent; not exact; loose; weak; vague;
equivocal.

The discipline was lax. --Macaulay.

Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax, in
matters of the passions. --J. A.
Symonds.

The word ``[ae]ternus'' itself is sometimes of a lax
signification. --Jortin.

3. Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.

Syn: Loose; slack; vague; unconfined; unrestrained;
dissolute; licentious.


Lax, n.
A looseness; diarrhea.

Synonyms: drooping, droopy, flaccid, floppy, indulgent, lenient, limp, loose, loose-jointed, negligent, permissive, regular, relaxed, sagging, slack, soft, tensionless, unconstipated, weak

Antonyms: tense

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