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Borrowed from Middle French laxité, itself borrowed from Latin laxitas, laxitatem, from laxus. Surface etymology lax +‎ -ity.



laxity (countable and uncountable, plural laxities)

  1. The state of being lax; looseness, lack of tension.
    Synonym: laxness
  2. Moral looseness; lack of rigorousness or strictness.
    • 1880, The Gospel standard, or Feeble Christian's support
      In these days of laxity, and anythingism in religion, even those of whom we might hope better things do not appear exercised, with the apostle Paul, to have always a conscience void of offence towards God and towards men.