1. without strain or anxiety
; - Example: "gave the impression of being quite relaxed"- Example: "a relaxed and informal discussion"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Relax \Re*lax"\ (r?-l?ks"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relaxed
(-l?kst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relaxing.] [L. relaxare; pref.
re- re- + laxare to loose, to slacken, from laxus loose. See
Lax, and cf. Relay, n., Release.]
1. To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid,
tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to
relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
Horror . . . all his joints relaxed. --Milton.
Nor served it to relax their serried files.
2. To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency
of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or
effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention
The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed
by the legislature. --Swift.
3. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to
recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
4. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an
aperient relaxes the bowels.
Syn: To slacken; loosen; loose; remit; abate; mitigate; ease;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: without strain or anxiety; "gave the impression of being
quite relaxed"; "a relaxed and informal discussion" [ant:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
211 Moby Thesaurus words for "relaxed":
Bohemian, affable, ambling, at ease, at home, at rest, bagging,
baggy, blank, blankminded, blase, breezy, calm, carefree, careless,
casual, cautious, circumspect, claudicant, common, composed, cool,
coolheaded, cordial, crawling, creeping, creeping like snail,
culpably negligent, dangling, degage, deliberate, derelict,
devil-may-care, drooping, easy, easygoing, empty, empty-headed,
faltering, familiar, fatuous, flabby, flaccid, flagging, flapping,
flexuous, flimsy, floppy, folksy, foot-dragging, free and easy,
gentle, gracious, gradual, halting, hanging, happy-go-lucky,
hasteless, haymish, hobbled, hobbling, homely, homey, idle,
impotent, imprecise, inactive, inadvertent, inane, inattentive,
incogitant, indifferent, indolent, inexcitable, informal,
insouciant, irregular, laissez-faire, languid, languorous, lax,
lazy, leisurely, lenient, limp, limping, loose, low-pressure,
lumbering, mellow, mild, moderate, natural, neglectful, neglecting,
negligent, nerveless, nirvanic, nonchalant, noninterfering,
nonrestrictive, oblivious, off-guard, offhand, offhanded,
overindulgent, overly permissive, overpermissive, pacific, passive,
peaceful, permissive, plain, poking, poky, procrastinating,
quietistic, reluctant, remiss, rickety, rock-steady, rubbery,
sauntering, scamping, serene, shaky, shuffling, simple, sinuous,
skimping, slack, slighting, slipshod, sloppy, slothful, slow,
slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow-crawling,
slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced,
slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, sluggish,
slurring, snail-paced, snaillike, sociable, soft, staggering,
steady, steady-handed, steady-nerved, steel-nerved, streaming,
strolling, strong-nerved, tentative, thoughtfree, thoughtless,
toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, tranquil, trudging, turtlelike,
unaffected, unassuming, unblenching, unblinking, unceremonious,
uncircumspect, unconstrained, unconventional, unfaltering,
unflinching, unfussy, unguarded, unhasty, unhurried, unideaed,
unintellectual, unnervous, unoccupied, unofficial, unquivering,
unreasoning, unreserved, unrestrained, unrigorous, unshaken,
unshaky, unshrinking, unstrained, unstudied, unthinking,
untremulous, unwary, unwatchful, unwavering, vacant, vacuous,
waddling, weak, without a tremor