Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 738 (Absence of authority Laxity)

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#738. [Absence of authority] Laxity.-- N. laxity; laxness, looseness, slackness; toleration &c. (lenity) 740; freedom &c. 748.

anarchy, interregnum; relaxation; loosening &c. v.; remission; dead letter, brutum fulmen[Lat], misrule; license, licentiousness; insubordination &c. (disobedience) 742; lynch law &c. (illegality) 964; nihilism, reign of violence.

[Deprivation of power] dethronement, deposition, usurpation, abdication.

V. be -lax &c. adj.; laisser faire[Fr], laisser aller[Fr]; hold a loose rein; give the reins to, give rope enough, give a loose to; tolerate; relax; misrule.

go beyond the length of one's tether; have one's swing, have one's fling; act without instructions, act without authority, act outside of one's authority; act on one's own responsibility, usurp authority.

dethrone, depose; abdicate.

Adj. lax, loose; slack; remiss &c. (careless) 460; weak.

relaxed; licensed; reinless[obs], unbridled; anarchical; unauthorized &c. (unwarranted) 925; adespotic[obs].