Laxest
Lax Lax (l[a^]ks), a. [Compar. {Laxer} (l[a^]ks"[~e]r); 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. [1913 Webster]

The flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy. --Ray. [1913 Webster]

2. Not strict or stringent; not exact; loose; weak; vague; equivocal. [1913 Webster]

The discipline was lax. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax, in matters of the passions. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

The word ``[ae]ternus'' itself is sometimes of a lax signification. --Jortin. [1913 Webster]

3. Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Loose; slack; vague; unconfined; unrestrained; dissolute; licentious. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Laxer — Lax Lax (l[a^]ks), a. [Compar. {Laxer} (l[a^]ks [ e]r); 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. [1913 Webster] The flesh of that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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