lax


lax
lax [laks]
adj.
[ME < L laxus < IE base * (s)lēg-, loose, lax > SLACK1]
1.
a) loose; emptying easily: said of the bowels
b) having lax bowels
2. slack; of a loose texture; not rigid or tight
3. not strict or exact; careless [lax morals]
4. Bot. loose; open: said of a flower cluster
5. Phonet. articulated with the jaw and tongue muscles relatively relaxed: said of certain vowels, as (e) and (i): opposed to TENSE1
n.
a lax vowel
SYN.- REMISS
laxly
adv.
laxness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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