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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lax (=not good enough, so that something is not as safe as it should be)
▪ The Prime Minister denied that border security had been lax.
▪ It is well established that in the delinquent-prone, home discipline is more liable to be too lax, strict or erratic.
▪ Permissive parents, on the other hand, are too lax about guiding their children.
▪ I cursed myself for not having the ship preset for start up. Too lax.
▪ Loan were sued by the federal government for lax oversight, which the government said caused taxpayers to lose $ 941 million.
▪ Parents, however, have protested against lax security at the school.
lax security for the building
▪ I think the school has been too lax about bad behaviour in the past.
▪ The report criticizes the lax security at many prisons.
▪ The weakness in her legs made her go lax in Adrienne's arms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lax \Lax\, n. A looseness; diarrhea.


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.

    The flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy.

  2. Not strict or stringent; not exact; loose; weak; vague; equivocal.

    The discipline was lax.

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

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

  3. Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.

    Syn: Loose; slack; vague; unconfined; unrestrained; dissolute; licentious.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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" (cognates: 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.


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


Etymology 1 n. (context now chiefly UK dialectal Scotland English) A salmon. Etymology 2

a. 1 lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict. 2 loose; not tight or taut. 3 lacking care; neglectful, negligent n. lacrosse

  1. adj. lacking in rigor or strictness; "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable"; "lax in attending classes"; "slack in maintaining discipline" [syn: slack]

  2. pronounced with muscles relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet') [ant: tense]

  3. not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight; "a lax rope" [ant: tense]

  4. lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "flaccid muscles"; "took his lax hand in hers"; "gave a limp handshake"; "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton; "a slack grip" [syn: flaccid, limp, slack]

  5. tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; "too soft on the children" [syn: indulgent, lenient, soft]

  6. emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels" [syn: loose]

LAX (TV series)

LAX is a television drama set at the Los Angeles International Airport and draws its name from the airport's IATA airport code, "LAX".

On May 17, 2004 NBC announced that they had picked up the pilot to series. This show was not renewed for season two.

LAX (disambiguation)

LAX is the airport identifier code for Los Angeles International Airport.

LAX or Lax may also refer to:

LAX (album)

LAX is the third studio album by American rapper The Game, released August 26, 2008 on Geffen Records. He had originally announced that Dr. Dre would be producing for the album, but neither Dr. Dre nor Aftermath Entertainment had confirmed. Production for the album was contributed by longtime collaborators Cool & Dre, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Nottz, Hi-Tek, J.R. Rotem and JellyRoll, among others. Guests featured on LAX include Chrisette Michele, Common, Ice Cube, Keyshia Cole, Ludacris, Nas, Ne-Yo, Raekwon, Raheem DeVaughn, Travis Barker, Bilal, and Lil Wayne. The album was released with 2 different cases such as one on the deluxe version with Game looking at the camera with his Bandanna in his hand and another with him sitting on a couch smoking a blunt.

LAX debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 238,000 copies in its first week, just behind metal band Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone. At first it looked like LAX had debuted ahead of All Hope Is Gone by 13 copies; with such a close difference, Slipknot's labels Warner Music Group and Roadrunner Records asked for a SoundScan recount, a historic first. Nielsen proceeded to the recount, which placed LAX at number two with 238,382 copies, and Slipknot in first position with 239,516 copies scanned, a margin of 1,134 copies.

Initially, Billboard published an article stating that The Game had secured the top spot with a margin of 13 units, in what was described as the "closest race for number one since SoundScan began tracking Data in 1991". After a recount 12 hours later, the article was rewritten and Slipknot was awarded the number one spot, having sold 239,516 units. As of September 2011, the album had sold 968,000 copies. Upon its release, LAX received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, with music critics praising the album's production.

Usage examples of "lax".

When Lax and the defense attorneys saw a transcript of the interview, they were appalled by the tenor of the exchange.

Despite pretending to be a strict judge of propriety, his own behavior is appallingly lax.

And his horse pacing was tolerable under the lax supervision of Arga, the farrier.

How shall the perplexed navigator steer his course when monitors in office accuse him on the one hand of lax precision throughout, and belaud him on the other for careful observance of detail?

Elizabeth and Blanche walked to the garden with him but hardly tried to mask their conviction that he was only finding an excuse when he asked if they had been disturbed by any uncanny presence, while the air spirit was offended by the idea it had been lax in its attention.

Blanche Creamer, a lax, tumble-to-pieces, Greuze-ish looking blonde, whom the Widow hated because the men took to her, was purgatoried between the two old Doctors, and could see all the looks that passed between Dick Venner and his cousin.

LAX, Lobsang Drom and Kula the Mongol looked to Remo Williams with expectation writ large on their faces.

One arm with lax embrace the neck enwreathed, With polished roundness near the sleek, gray skin.

Ducos, on the Isle of Pines, which in those days had been sacred to political prisoners, and discipline there had been, even then, lax compared to that of the Ile Nou, the very heart of prison-land, where Maxime Dalahaide was dragging out the weary years of his lost life.

The Clerics described a paganistic, morally lax Federation anxious to export their decadence throughout the galaxy.

Father had already eaten once early in the afternoon, and besides that was what Ringo and I were waiting for: for after supper, the hour of laxed muscles and full entrails, the talking.

We were running from an assault on the El Segundo complex and were trapped between that and the assault on LAX.

Its head was twisted at an odd angle, and its arms were lax at its sides, unraised against what had crushed its throat.

Once enfolded in the foggy embrace, Ambry drooped limply, his face lax and expressionless.

When Shettles and Lax visited, they saw a severely troubled teenager who they feared might be suicidal.