From (etyl) lax, from (etyl) .
lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
* J. A. Symonds
- The rules are fairly lax , but you have to know which ones you can bend.
loose; not tight or taut.
- Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax , in matters of the passions.
- The rope fell lax .
lacking care; neglectful, negligent
- the flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy
, date=October 1
, author=Phil Dawkes
, title=Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Prior to this match, Albion had only scored three league goals all season, but Wes Brown's lax
marking allowed Morrison to head in their fourth from a Chris Brunt free-kick and then, a minute later, the initial squandering of possession and Michael Turner's lack of pace let Long run through to slot in another.}}
(archaic) Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.
* permissive, lenient
* loose, slack
* taut, tight
Abandoned, forsake; given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; (of a ship) abandoned at sea, dilapidated, neglected; (of a spacecraft) abandoned in outer space.
* Jeremy Taylor
- There was a derelict ship on the island.
- The affections which these exposed or derelict children bear to their mothers, have no grounds of nature or assiduity but civility and opinion.
, title=When and where did NASA's derelict
satellite go down?
Negligent in performing a duty.
Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.
* John Buchanan
- They easily prevailed, so as to seize upon the vacant, unoccupied, and derelict minds of his friends; and instantly they turned the vessel wholly out of the course of his policy.
- A government which is either unable or unwilling to redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest duties.
* (abandoned) abandoned
Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
, title=(The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses
, author=Robert W. Service
, chapter=(The Cremation of Sam McGee
, passage=Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict
there lay; / It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May". / And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum; / Then "Here", said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum."}}
(dated) An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.
* 1911 Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (Norton 2005, p.1364):
A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene.
* 1988 , Jonathan D. Spence, The Question of Hu :
- A rather pathetic figure, the Lady Frances, a beautiful woman, still in fresh middle age, and yet, by a strange chance, the last derelict of what only twenty years ago was a goodly fleet.
* 2002 , in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence'', ''The Boy in the Bush , edited by Paul Eggert, page 22:
- As they hunt, the Archers and Duval find many derelicts and ne'er-do-wells in many parts of Paris.
* 2004 , Katherine V. W. Stone, From Widgets to Digits: Employment Regulation , page 280:
- If they're lazy derelicts and ne'er-do-wells she'll eat 'em up. But she's waiting for real men — British to the bone —
- We see the distinction at work when victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks are treated more generously than derelicts and drug addicts.