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laxāmentum , i, n. laxo,
I.an extending, widening.
I. Lit. (post-Aug.): “ventus laxamentum sibi parat,Sen. Q. N. 6, 18, 3: “cellae,Vitr. 4, 7 fin.: “ventris,an evacuating, purging, Macr. S. 7, 11.—
B. Transf. (in concr.), a wide space, room: “choragia laxamentum habeant, ad chorum parandum,Vitr. 5, 9, 1.—
II. Trop., a relaxation, mitigation, alleviation, respite (not freq. till after the Aug. per.): “si quid laxamenti a bello Samnitium esset,Liv. 9, 41: “eo laxamento cogitationibus dato,id. 7, 38 fin.: “ut minus laxamenti daretur iis ad auxilia Hannibali submittenda,id. 22, 37; 10, 39: nactus in navigatione pusillum laxamenti, Trebon. ap. Cic. Fam. 12, 16, 3: “dare laxamentum legi,laxity, indulgence, Cic. Clu. 33, 89; so, “leges rem surdam, inexorabilem esse ... nihil laxamenti nec veniae habere,Liv. 2, 3.
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