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laxus , a, um, adj. cf. languidus, languor, lactes,
I.wide, loose, open; spacious, roomy; opp. adstrictus (not freq. till after the Aug. per.).
I. Lit.: laxius agmen, Sall. ap. Non. 235, 16: “casses,Verg. G. 4, 247: “circli,id. ib. 3, 166: “sinus,Tib. 1, 6, 18: “toga,id. 1, 6, 40; 2, 3, 78; cf.: “in pede calceus haeret,wide, loose, Hor. S. 1, 3, 32: “nuces Ferre sinu laxo,id. ib. 2, 3, 171: “qua satis laxo spatio equi permitti possent,Liv. 10, 5; so, “spatium,wide, roomy, Sen. Ep. 88 med.; cf.: “laxior domus,Vell. 2, 81: “janua,open, Ov. Am. 1, 8, 77: “compages,Verg. A. 1, 122: “mulier,Mart. 11, 21: “habenae,Cic. Lael. 13 (v. under II.); Verg. A. 1, 63: “frena,Ov. Am. 3, 4, 16; cf.: “qui jam contento, jam laxo fune laborat,Hor. S. 2, 7, 20: “arcus,slackened, unbent, unstrung, Verg. A. 11, 874: “laxo meditantur arcu cedere campis,Hor. C. 3, 8, 23: “opes,large, great, Mart. 2, 30, 4.—
II. Trop.: “laxissimas habenas habere amicitiae,very wide, loose, Cic. Lael. 13, 45: si bellum cum eo hoste haberemus, in quo neglegentiae laxior locus esset, greater latitude or scope, Liv. 24, 8; cf.: “laxius imperium,less strict, more indulgent, Sall. J. 64: “annona,” i. e. reduced, cheap, Liv. 2, 52: “caput,relaxed, disordered from drinking, Pers. 3, 58: “vox,pronounced broad, Gell. 13, 20, 12: “laxioribus verbis dicere aliquid,prolix, diffuse, id. 16, 1, 3.—Of time: “diem statuo satis laxam,sufficiently distant, Cic. Att. 6, 1, 16: “tempus sibi et quidem laxius postulavit,Plin. Ep. 4, 9 med.—Hence, adv.: laxē , widely, spaciously, loosely.
2. Trop.: “laxius proferre diem,to put farther off, Cic. Att. 13, 14, 1; cf.: “volo laxius (sc. rem curari),id. ib. 15, 20, 4: “de munere pastorum alii angustius, alii laxius constituere solent,a greater number, more, Varr. R. R. 2, 10, 10: “in hostico laxius rapto suetis vivere artiores in pace res erant,more unrestrictedly, more freely, Liv. 28, 24, 6: “Romanos remoto metu laxius licentiusque futuros,be more relaxed in discipline, more negligent, disorderly, Sall. J. 85.
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