laxity

Laxity is a tendency of being too easy-going, or not strict enough. If your teacher doesn't punish her math class for climbing out the classroom windows, she may be accused of laxity.

A government's laxity with regulations can result in big companies taking advantage of the situation. Likewise, a babysitter's laxity with his young charges can result in mayhem, or at the very least an extremely late bedtime. A physical kind of laxity is a literal looseness, especially of muscles and ligaments: "If you over-stretch before your run, your muscles' laxity can harm your joints." The Latin root is laxus, "loose."

Definitions of laxity
  1. noun
    the quality of being lax and neglectful
    synonyms: laxness, remissness, slackness
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    type of:
    neglect, neglectfulness, negligence
    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
  2. noun
    the condition of being physiologically lax
    synonyms: laxness
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    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
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