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- (obsolete, physiology) Made slack or feeble; weak, soft. [from 15th c.]
- 1790, James Boswell, edited by Marlies K. Danziger and Frank Brady, Boswell: The Great Biographer, Yale, published 1989, page 54:
- It was a very wet morning. I woke relaxed and melancholy as in the country, and walked about an hour under cover, in the middle of the town […] .
- Made more lenient; less strict; lax. [from 17th c.]
- The relaxed rules were greatly tightened after the lawsuit.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.
- Free from tension or anxiety; at ease; leisurely. [from 18th c.]
- He's a relaxed kind of guy, he never lets himself get upset.
- 2019, Li Huang, James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, →DOI, page 4:
- Students and faculty members lunch at the cafeteria and naturally communicate freely with one another in a relaxed and informal setting.
- 2022 January 12, Paul Bigland, “Fab Four: the nation's finest stations: Grange-over-Sands”, in RAIL, number 948, page 28:
- Even so, this delightful station is well worth a visit, - either to admire the architecture, sip a coffee from the shop, or just soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the area and watch the birds and other wildlife on the shores right outside the station.
- (chiefly physics) Without physical tension; in a state of equilibrium. [from 19th c.]
- (physiology) Of a muscle: soft, not tensed. [from 19th c.]
having an easy-going mood
free from tension or anxiety, at ease