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
(historical) A mostly North European form of medieval song, with stanzas that do not repeat.