abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.
an activity or recreation that provides such relief; diversion; entertainment.
a loosening or slackening.
diminution or remission of strictness or severity.
Mathematics. a numerical procedure for solving systems of equations by successive approximations of the variables.
the return of a system undergoing dissipation to an initial state of equilibrium after being displaced from it.
the approach to steady-state operation of a system that has undergone dissipation and a change in state or has been subjected to an abrupt periodic disturbance.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin relaxātiōn- (stem of relaxātiō), equivalent to relaxāt(us) (past participle of relaxāre to relax; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

nonrelaxation, noun

2. fun, amusement, pleasure. Unabridged
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relaxation (ˌriːlækˈseɪʃən)
1.  rest or refreshment, as after work or effort; recreation
2.  a form of rest or recreation: his relaxation is cricket
3.  a partial lessening of a punishment, duty, etc
4.  the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed
5.  physics the return of a system to equilibrium after a displacement from this state
6.  maths a method by which errors resulting from an approximation are reduced by using new approximations

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relaxation re·lax·a·tion (rē'lāk-sā'shən)

  1. The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed.

  2. Refreshment of body or mind.

  3. A loosening or slackening.

  4. The lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers.

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Example sentences
The casual comfort of the two chairs seems to invite relaxation and intimate
Relaxation is easy when your garden has all the ambience of a desert resort.
Presidents need relaxation, whether playing golf or clearing brush.
Its long coasts offer many different choices for a time of sun and relaxation,
  each one with its own local culture and character.
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