lax

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Inflections of 'lax' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
laxer
adj comparative
laxest
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lax /læks/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est. 
  1. not strict or severe; careless:lax morals.
  2. slack;
    not tense:a lax rope.
  3. not rigidly exact or precise;
    vague:lax thinking.
lax•i•ty/ˈlæksɪti/USA pronunciation  lax•ness, n. [uncountable]
lax•ly, adv. See -lax-.

-lax-, root. 
  1. -lax- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "loose, slack.'' This meaning is found in such words as: lax, laxative, relax.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lax  (laks),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est. 
  1. not strict or severe;
    careless or negligent:lax morals; a lax attitude toward discipline.
  2. loose or slack;
    not tense, rigid, or firm:a lax rope; a lax handshake.
  3. not rigidly exact or precise;
    vague:lax ideas.
  4. open, loose, or not retentive, as diarrheal bowels.
  5. (of a person) having the bowels unusually loose or open.
  6. open or not compact;
    having a loosely cohering structure;
    porous:lax tissue; lax texture.
  7. Phonetics(of a vowel) articulated with relatively relaxed tongue muscles. Cf. tense1 (def. 4).
laxly, adv. 
laxness, n. 
  • Latin laxus loose, slack, wide; akin to languēre to languish; cognate with Old English slæc slack1
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lax /læks/ adj
  1. lacking firmness; not strict
  2. lacking precision or definition
  3. not taut
  4. (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
Etymology: 14th Century (originally used with reference to the bowels): from Latin laxus loose

ˈlaxly adv ˈlaxity, ˈlaxness n
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