noun (used with a singular verb) Law.
failure to do something at the proper time, especially such delay as will bar a party from bringing a legal proceeding.

1325–75; Middle English lachesse < Anglo-French, variant of Middle French laschesse, derivative of Old French lasche slack (< Gmc); see -ice Unabridged
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laches (ˈlætʃɪz)
law negligence or unreasonable delay in pursuing a legal remedy
[C14 lachesse, via Old French lasche slack, from Latin laxuslax]

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Example sentences
Finally, respondent argues for summary relief on the basis of laches or the tardiness of the claim.
The trial court ruled that service was defective but that laches precluded appellant from attacking the decree.
The court ultimately dismissed on grounds of laches.
As to laches, obviously there was no undue delay in seeking judicial review of the validity of the zone change.
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