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Definition relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength

LAX is also the frequently used airport code for Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Lax safeguards contributed to the oil spill.
lax = relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
  • 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
  • Noble contrast to the lax morality so common among foreign politicians.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • lax = lacking in strictness or strength
  • In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • laxity = lack of strictness or strength
  • We stop at the steps, clumped, holding our hats between our lax hands...
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • lax = relaxed
  • "...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
  • lax = lacking in strictness or strength
  • Lanes views on marriage seem somewhat lax.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • lax = lacking in strictness or strength
  • 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
  • lax = relaxed; or lacking in strictness
  • 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
  • lax = relaxed
  • 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
  • lax = relaxed (lacking in strictness or strength)
  • We have been too lax.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  Lady Windermere's Fan
  • She freed herself from his lax embraces without difficulty.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • Her attitude had become very lax and despondent when the typewriter stopped in the next room.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • He would bide his time, make them think he was content to remain here .... and then, when they had grown lax, he would be off again.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • His colloquialisms seemed to Carol no more lax than their habitual slang.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • 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
  • 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

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