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  • n. Someone promoting lax views or relaxed interpretations of something.
  • adj. Promoting a lax view or interpretation of something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who favors or allows a lax or loose interpretation or application of moral law; specifically, one of a school of casuists who hold that even slightly probable opinions may be followed. The laxists were condemned by Pope Innocent XI. (1679), and they form no avowed school. See probabilist.


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From lax +‎ -ist.


  • This may be the unforseen consequences of Yemini President Ali Abdullah Saleh's laxist policy allowing foreign Sunni militants haven in Yemen (reportedly in exchange for their help in fighting the Shia Houthis).

    Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka Rebuffet: Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

  • For want of better terms, let's call (1) the "rigorist" position and (2) the "laxist" position.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • These could all be formulated in terms of liberty and playing it safe: a laxist holds that you are at liberty to follow any opinion that is probable; the others gradually increase the field in which you are required to play it safe.


  • An epistemological rigorist holds the view that nothing should be accepted unless it is certain, i.e., the only conclusions that are safe enough that holding them is rational are conclusions that strictly meet a particular standard of high certainty; an epistemological laxist holds the view that anything may be regarded as safe enough for rational belief if there is any authoritatively recognized evidence for it at all; and, of course, there are positions between.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • * If you hold that any opinion with at least some probability may be followed, you are a laxist.


  • However, not only is this decision-theoretic rigorism psychologically impossible e.g., as a matter of fact our grasp on probabilities, risks, gains, etc., isn't as clear and precise as this; everyone is, as a matter of fact, laxist and not rigorist about matters of indifference, etc. it doesn't model rational decisions except in cases where the higher expected utility is known to be the only safe conclusion.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • While the Church of Rome as a whole thus moved away under external pressures from the rigorist toward the laxist, casuistical pole in moral theology, developments took place within her own house which further strengthened this tendency and created in the Jesuit Order a power - ful internal vanguard of an even more extreme laxist and casuistical movement.


  • A faith-filled perspective the is neither scrupulous nor laxist!


  • The most probable interpretation of the Wager sees it as addressed to a type that would have been common at the time, namely, someone who makes claims that presuppose epistemological rigorism, but who is a moral libertine a libertine is someone who is not even laxist - a laxist requires that one follow only opinions that are probably safe according to some recognized authority who has reasoned through the matter on the basis of recognized principles, whereas a libertine doesn't even expect so much of himself.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • Contrition, the more perfect form of re - pentance, sees sin as an offense against the loving God, the father and friend; here Ascetics works with a con - cept in other ways more congenial to Casuistics; attri - tion, however, the less perfect form of repentance, with which the “laxist” casuists were invariably satisfied, was inclined to define sin as an insult to the highest lord, the legislator and judge of the world — it borrowed the theological core-conception of Ascetics.



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