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lax
used in Middlemarch

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relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
  • In my opinion Farebrother is too lax for a clergyman.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (61% in)
  • For the most glutinously indefinite minds enclose some hard grains of habit; and a man has been seen lax about all his own interests except the retention of his snuff-box, concerning which he was watchful, suspicious, and greedy of clutch.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (2% in)
  • For in that part of the country, before reform had done its notable part in developing the political consciousness, there was a clearer distinction of ranks and a dimmer distinction of parties; so that Mr. Brooke's miscellaneous invitations seemed to belong to that general laxity which came from his inordinate travel and habit of taking too much in the form of ideas.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (72% in)
  • I am by no means sure that your son, in his recklessness and ignorance—I will use no severer word—has not tried to raise money by holding out his future prospects, or even that some one may not have been foolish enough to supply him on so vague a presumption: there is plenty of such lax money-lending as of other folly in the world.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (6% in)
  • Solomon found time to reflect that Jonah was undeserving, and Jonah to abuse Solomon as greedy; Jane, the elder sister, held that Martha's children ought not to expect so much as the young Waules; and Martha, more lax on the subject of primogeniture, was sorry to think that Jane was so "having."
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (8% in)
  • "I don't mean as to anything objectionable—laxities or atheism, or anything of that kind, you know—Ladislaw's sentiments in every way I am sure are good—indeed, we were talking a great deal together last night.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (35% in)
  • When was sciolism ever dissociated from laxity?
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • Another was, that in houses where he got friendly, he was given to stretch himself at full length on the rug while he talked, and was apt to be discovered in this attitude by occasional callers for whom such an irregularity was likely to confirm the notions of his dangerously mixed blood and general laxity.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (33% in)
  • I can only tell you about myself, that I have always been too lax, and have been uneasy in consequence.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (81% in)
  • It was one thing to look back on forgiven sins, nay, to explain questionable conformity to lax customs, and another to enter deliberately on the necessity of falsehood.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (97% in)
  • Fred had been rewarding resolution by a little laxity of late.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (35% in)

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