The traffic in slaves has been repeatedly declared by the Ottoman Porte to be illegal throughout its dominions, and a law for its suppression was published in 1889, but it cannot be said to be extinct, owing to the laxity and too often the complicity of the government officials.
They are distinguished from the Hindus by no outward sign except a slight laxity in the matter of caste observances.
Eighteenth-century Italy looked on religion with apathetic indifference, and Liguori convinced himself that only the gentlest and most lenient treatment could win back the alienated laity; hence he was always willing to excuse errors on the side of laxity as due to an excess of zeal in winning over penitents.
We may detect occasional laxity also in his handling of his verse.
He was a favourer of the troubadours, and in his ways of life he indulged in the laxity of Provençal morals to the fullest extent.