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Lax vs Slaken - What's the difference?

lax | slaken |

As a verb slaken is




Alternative forms

* (Killian)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) lax, from (etyl) .


  • A salmon.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


  • lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
  • The rules are fairly lax , but you have to know which ones you can bend.
  • * J. A. Symonds
  • Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax , in matters of the passions.
  • loose; not tight or taut.
  • The rope fell lax .
  • * Ray
  • the flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy
  • lacking care; neglectful, negligent
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Phil Dawkes , title=Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , 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.
  • Synonyms
    * permissive, lenient * loose, slack
    * strict * taut, tight


  • lacrosse
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  • * {{quote-book, year=1914, author=Charles Warren Stoddard, title=Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I was glad when we were very politely invited to get out of the train and walk a plank over a puddle that for a moment submerged the track; glad when we were advised to foot it over a trestle-bridge that sagged in the swift current of a swollen stream; and gladder still when our locomotive began to puff and blow and slaken its pace as we climbed up into the mouth of a ravine fragrant with the warm scents of summer--albeit we could boast but a solitary brace of cars, and these small ones, and not overcrowded at that. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1901, author=Charles Kingsley, title=Two Years Ago, Volume I, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And so she swept in, with her arm round Lucia's waist; while Elsley stood looking after her, well enough satisfied with her reception of him, and only hoping that the stream of words would slaken after a while. " }}