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Lacertilia
lacertilian
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lacewing
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Lache
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laches definitions

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural laches) Etymology: Middle English lachesse, from Anglo-French laschesce, from lasche lax, ultimately from Latin laxare to loosen more at lease Date: 14th century negligence in the observance of duty or opportunity; specifically undue delay in asserting a legal right or privilege

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Law delay in performing a legal duty, asserting a right, claiming a privilege, etc. Etymology: ME f. AF laches(se), OF laschesse f. lasche ult. f. L laxus loose

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Laches Lach"es, Lache Lache, n. [OF. lachesse, fr. lache lax, indolent, F. l[^a]che, ultimately fr. L. laxus loose, lax. See Lax.] (Law) Neglect; negligence; remissness; neglect to do a thing at the proper time; delay to assert a claim. It ill became him to take advantage of such a laches with the eagerness of a shrewd attorney. --Macaulay.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. pl. (Law.) Negligence, remissness, neglect of duty.




 


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