What does lax mean?

lax meaning in General Dictionary

Not tense firm or rigid loose slack as a lax bandage lax fiber

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  • A looseness diarrhea
  • pronounced with muscles associated with tongue and jaw reasonably calm (e.g., the vowel noise in `bet')
  • with a lack of firmness or stress; not tight
  • emptying quickly or overly
  • lacking in rigor or strictness
  • Not anxious, firm, or rigid; loose; slack; as, a lax bandage; lax dietary fiber.
  • maybe not strict or strict; perhaps not precise; loose; weak; vague; equivocal.
  • Having a looseness associated with bowels; diarrheal.
  • A looseness; diarrhea.

lax meaning in Law Dictionary

Easygoing, loose, un-restricted. An expectation of discipline maybe not securely held, like a business gown code enabling jeans on Fridays.

lax meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "loose" (in reference to bowels), from Latin laxus "wide, free, available," figuratively "loose, no-cost, wide," from PIE root *(s)leg- "is slack, be languid" (cognates: Greek legein "to leave off, end," lagos "hare," literally "with drooping ears," lagnos "lustful, lascivious," lagaros "slack, hollow, shrunken;" Latin languere "is light, weary," languidis "faint, poor, dull, sluggish, languid"). Of guidelines, discipline, etc., attested from mid-15c.

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  • "salmon," from Old English leax (see lox).

lax meaning in Business Dictionary

Loose, unrestrictive. Like, a company may have lax guidelines on the gown rules, permitting their employees to wear jeans everyday.

lax - German to English


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  • easygoing
  • laisser-faire
  • laissez-faire
  • lax
  • laxly
  • namby-pamby [coll.]

lax meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) Maybe not tense, company, or rigid; loose; slack; because, a lax bandage; lax fiber.

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  • (v. t.) Perhaps not rigid or stringent; not precise; loose; poor; vague; equivocal.
  • (v. t.) Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.
  • (n.) A looseness; diarrhoea.

Sentence Examples with the word lax

Deidre sighed, her body going lax once more.

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