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 for relaxation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relaxation \Re`lax*a"tion\ (r?`l?ks-?"sh?n;277), n. [L.
     relaxatio; cf. F. relaxation.]
     1. The act or process of relaxing, or the state of being
        relaxed; as, relaxation of the muscles; relaxation of a
        law.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Remission from attention and effort; indulgence in
        recreation, diversion, or amusement. "Hours of careless
        relaxation." --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  relaxation
      n 1: (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or
           muscle fibers
      2: (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium
         after a disturbance [syn: relaxation, relaxation
         behavior]
      3: a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension
         or worry; "the easiness we feel when sleeping" [syn:
         easiness, relaxation]
      4: an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the
         relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip";
         "the slackening of the wind" [syn: relaxation, loosening,
         slackening]
      5: freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility);
         "took his repose by the swimming pool" [syn: rest, ease,
         repose, relaxation]
      6: a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a
         solution and then reducing the errors that result by
         successive approximations until all the errors are less than
         some specified amount [syn: relaxation, relaxation
         method]
      7: the act of making less strict [syn: liberalization,
         liberalisation, relaxation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "relaxation":
     abatement, abridgment, allayment, alleviation, amusement,
     assuagement, attenuation, attrition, bagginess, blunting, calming,
     carelessness, comfort, contraction, cushioning, dampening, damping,
     deadening, debilitation, decrease, decrement, decrescence,
     deduction, deflation, demulsion, depreciation, depression,
     devitalization, dilution, diminishment, diminution, diversion,
     divertisement, divertissement, dulcification, dulling, dying,
     dying off, ease, easiness, easing, easygoingness, effemination,
     enervation, enfeeblement, enjoyment, entertainment, evisceration,
     exhaustion, extenuation, fade-out, falling-off, fatigue, fun,
     hushing, impotence, imprecision, inactivity, inanition,
     indifference, languishment, laxation, laxity, laxness, leisure,
     leniency, lessening, letdown, letup, lightening, looseness,
     loosening, lowering, lulling, mellowing, miniaturization, mirth,
     mitigation, moderation, modulation, mollification, mollifying,
     negligence, overindulgence, overpermissiveness, pacification,
     padding, palliation, passe-temps, pastime, permissiveness,
     pleasure, quiet, quietening, quieting, recreation, reduction,
     regalement, relaxedness, relief, remission, remissness, repose,
     rest, restfulness, ricketiness, sagging, scaling down, shakiness,
     simplicity, slackening, slackness, sleep, sloppiness, softening,
     softening-up, softness, solace, soothing, subduement, subtraction,
     tempering, thinning, tranquilization, tranquillity,
     unbuttoned ease, unrestraint, weakening, weakness
  
  

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