from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Negligence or undue delay in asserting a legal right or privilege.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Legal doctrine that a person who waits too long to bring a claim alleging a wrong shall not be permitted to seek an equitable remedy because the delay prejudiced the moving party. Sleeping on one's rights.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Neglect; negligence; remissness; neglect to do a thing at the proper time; especially, a delay in asserting a claim, sufficient to cause a person to lose the right to adjuducation of the claim by a court.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Negligence; remissness; inexcusable delay; neglect to do a thing at the proper time.
- In law, remissness in asserting or enforcing a right, or neglect prejudicing some right of the person chargeable with it.
- n. A genus of spiders: same as Lachesis, a name preoccupied in herpetology.
Middle English, slackness, negligence, from Anglo-Norman lachesse, laches, from Old French laschesse, from lasche, loose, remiss; see lush1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French lâches ("remissness, slackness"). (Wiktionary)