Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being lax, lacking strictness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being lax; laxity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lax condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being lax and neglectful
  • n. the condition of being physiologically lax

Etymologies

lax +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is however a certain unprecedented air of laxness from the Secret Service, or maybe these things have been occurring all along and we haven't heard about it.

    Uninvited tourists attend White House breakfast, meet Obama

  • Yet, by a curious exception, the supreme legislative assembly must have one-tenth, and may have one-half of its members outside the order, because, it is alleged, there is a sort of wisdom that comes of sin and laxness, which is necessary to the perfect ruling of life.

    A Modern Utopia

  • Mexican authorities have complained for years of what they have termed the laxness of their American counterparts towards the flow of weapons legally purchased in the U.S. and bound towards its southern neighbor.

    Spero News

  • Loose U.S. monetary policy offers some support, but the euro zone's own laxness offers an offset by weakening the euro against the dollar.

    Hormuz Isn't the Only Oil Hot Spot

  • We may need to reform our laxness and cease living with a conscience that condemns us, or even worse, grows insensitive.

    Remember the Sabbath to Keep It Holy* « Unknowing

  • And if an opponent shows laxness in prepping, the kicker is authorized (in all but endgame situations when a single point is needed) to audible to the two point attempt.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Swinging Gate

  • I am one who believes that despite years of errors in judging, laxness of citizenry in guarding, and legal wrangling in the following years, ... the constitution is clear and means today what it meant then — no government is empowered to get in the way of owning and carrying a gun.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » NRA Convention report

  • The FSA's report on Wednesday documented the laxness of some banks' approaches.

    U.K. Says Banks Fail to Combat Laundering

  • Safety officials blame the laxness partly on earlier Kremlin efforts to promote business by reducing inspections.

    Russia Faces New Air-Safety Crisis

  • One of the early themes of Redskins Training Camp: 2010 is that everything is more professional than it was in the past, that the practice music and in-fighting and general laxness of the Zorn Era has been purged to history's wastebucket, where they'll sit next to a skinned coyote carcass and a tuxedo t-shirt.

    Portis: Shanahan Skins are most professional

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