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lax

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Synonyms for lax

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Antonyms for lax

  • attentive
  • careful
  • caring
  • concerned
  • hard
  • mindful
  • severe
  • rigid
  • strict
  • tight
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Their discipline was lax, and many of them had left their posts, and gone off into the town.

We are lax, indeed, but possibly that is why we are so kind.

If any one imagines that this law is lax, let him keep its commandment one day.

"A little too lax, also, for the proprieties of English life," added Lady Vyner.

Their bodies were so lax that their short weekly promenade to the cemetery exhausted them.

Discipline was lax in those days, but we were all the better for it.

The precisian, they say, disapproved of Danton's lax and heedless courses.

For all this, interest in the rainmaker's efforts did not lax.

Possibly it was not that the Germans were too severe, but that we were too lax.

I loathed the lax, cheap honor of the world and its hypocrisy.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "loose" (in reference to bowels), from Latin laxus "wide, loose, open," figuratively "loose, free, wide," from PIE root *(s)leg- "to be slack, be languid" (cf. Greek legein "to leave off, stop," lagos "hare," literally "with drooping ears," lagnos "lustful, lascivious," lagaros "slack, hollow, shrunken;" Latin languere "to be faint, weary," languidis "faint, weak, dull, sluggish, languid"). Of rules, discipline, etc., attested from mid-15c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LAX

careless

adjectivewithout sufficient attention

dilatory

adjectiveprocrastinating
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