the state or quality of being lax; looseness.

1520–30; < Latin laxitās wideness, openness. See lax, -ity Unabridged
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lax (læks)
1.  lacking firmness; not strict
2.  lacking precision or definition
3.  not taut
4.  phonetics (of a speech sound) pronounced with little muscular effort and consequently having relatively imprecise accuracy of articulation and little temporal duration. In English the vowel i in bit is lax
5.  (of flower clusters) having loosely arranged parts
[C14 (originally used with reference to the bowels): from Latin laxus loose]

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Example sentences
He has dissipated the prejudice that had long connected gaiety with vice, and
  easiness of manners with laxity of principles.
Hints of a second shooter and revelations of official laxity raise the specter
  of high-level resignations.
But it also has milder forms of the fiscal laxity, labour rigidities and trade
  deficits that plague the periphery.
Others counter that loosening the rule when copper prices are still high would
  send a dangerous message of laxity.
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