1. [ adjective ] lacking in rigor or strictness
Synonyms: slack

"such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable" "lax in attending classes" "slack in maintaining discipline"

Related terms: negligent
2. [ adjective ] lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
Synonyms: limp slack flaccid

"flaccid muscles" "took his lax hand in hers" "gave a limp handshake" "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton "a slack grip"

Related terms: weak
3. [ adjective ] tolerant or lenient
Synonyms: indulgent soft lenient

"indulgent parents risk spoiling their children" "procedures are lax and discipline is weak" "too soft on the children"

Related terms: permissive
4. [ adjective ] not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight

"a lax rope"

Related terms: tense loose drooping loose-jointed tensionless relaxed floppy loose
5. [ adjective ] (phonetics) pronounced with muscles relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')
Related terms: tense phonetics
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11506
7. [ adjective ] emptying easily or excessively
Synonyms: loose

"loose bowels"

Related terms: unconstipated
Similar spelling:   Laux