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Lax safeguards contributed to the oil spill.
  relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
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lax laxity laxer laxness laxly laxation
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  • Lax safeguards contributed to the oil spill.
  • such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable
  • lax in attending classes
  • In the enforcement of his rules, he was at times rigid, and at times lax.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave

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  • The minister before Hegbert ... took sort of a lax view about school dances as long as they were chaperoned, and because of that, they’d become a tradition of sorts.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • We stop at the steps, clumped, holding our hats between our lax hands...
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Lanes views on marriage seem somewhat lax.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Noble contrast to the lax morality so common among foreign politicians.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • "...or were the nuns too strict?"
    "They are not strict at all," I said. "The Bishop who visits them every year says they are lax."
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea

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  • The pony talked with his ears. You could tell exactly how he felt about everything by the way his ears pointed. Sometimes they were stiff and upright and sometimes lax and sagging.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • The Spencer of last year would’ve whizzed over to the Kahns’ in her Mercedes, drunk bad keg beer, and maybe made out with Mason Byers or some other cute lax boy.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Now that the Admiral’s five watchdogs have left, though, the kids on sentry duty are getting lax.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Could it be that WICKED had become overconfident and lax in their security?
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • We think they may visit annually, to punish us for becoming lax and to remind us of what we need to become.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Just promise me nobody slipped Ex-Lax into my pudding.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • But now, with the place suddenly full of new "wackos" and lax oversight plus the ongoing contraband cigarette drama, the Camp was off the chain.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Selitos knew that in all the world there were only three people who could match his skill in names: Aleph, lax, and Lyra.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Everyone preferred real cigarettes, of course, but there was never enough of them (and toward the end of the conflict, none at all), and the leaves provided a bit of mirth and laxity to our spirits, if also a seizing headache at evening’s end.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I’m sorry I’ve been so lax about my offerings during the past few millennia, but"—he shrugged—"I haven’t needed you.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I hold myself to blame for my laxness.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He had been getting lax lately.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • And she cooked fatty fried foods that were bad for Red’s heart, and she was much too lax with her children, and that queen bed she had requested completely filled Stem’s little room, barely allowing space for a person to edge around it.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • More good news: As the day has worn on, everyone has gotten a little more lax about guarding the bedroom constantly, just as I’d hoped.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Anyway, in Virginia they’re very lax about driver’s licenses.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s their tension, their hair-trigger excitement and blocked adrenaline that fills the plane, despite the lax bodies of the passengers, their fatigue and resignation.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • In the crack between your two front teeth Looks like chocolate Ex-Lax ….
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The present generation was shamelessly lax-in their carriage, and in every other way.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • In the enforcement of his rules, he was at times rigid, and at times lax.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He could be as lax and incompetent as Rose the Nose, if he wanted.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • They watched his lax hands to see the fists form.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "I forget how regrettably lax mundane education is," Valentine said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He would not tolerate laxity.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Then parental laxity is the rule of the day.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Dussel is terribly lax when it comes to obeying the rules of the house.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He disliked having anything to do with the domestic serfs—the "drones" as he called them—and everyone said he spoiled them by his laxity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Ministry blunders…. culprits not apprehended…. lax security…. Dark wizards running unchecked… national disgrace…. Who wrote this?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Even the laxity of divorce regulations in the early years of the revolution was undoubtedly a revulsion from the nineteenth-century Victorian immobility of marriage and the consequent hypocrisy that developed from it.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Her lax mouth hung open in a perfect O, and God alone knew at what her glazed and smoky eyes were staring in such brute apathy.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Her full lips were lax, her shoulders down, and her eyes soft and assenting.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He slumped further down on the curb, his hands sliding laxly from his thighs and dangling below the fork of his crotch.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Or more lax?
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • You have been blind to the world, Islanzadi, and lax upon your throne.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Slackness, laxness, nobody caring beyond a bit of lip-service.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Rhett sat still, the reins lax in his hands, looking after them, a curious moody look on his swarthy face.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Instead my body’s lax, cozy even.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • People could criticize her parenting skills, point to moments when Lacy had let Peter down by being too lax or too firm, too removed or too smothering.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Maybe we’ve been too lax.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • You might expect that if you spent such an extended period in twelve different households, what you would gather is twelve different ideas about how to raise children: there would be the strict parents and the lax parents and the hyperinvolved parents and the mellow parents and on and on.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Let us add that in these times of lax morality they had no more delicacy with respect to the mistresses; and that the latter almost always left them valuable and durable remembrances, as if they essayed to conquer the fragility of their sentiments by the solidity of their gifts.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
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