One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a state of relaxation’
mental repose, composure
calm, tranquillity, peacefulness, calming oneself, loosening up, unwinding, winding down
2‘I just play for relaxation nowadays’
recreation, enjoyment, amusement, entertainment, diversion, distraction, fun, pleasure, rest, refreshment, relief, respite, leisure, leisure activity, leisure pursuit
informal R and R
3‘skills for coping with anxiety include muscle relaxation’
loosening, slackening, loosing, easing
4‘relaxation of censorship rules’
moderation, modification, easing, loosening, lessening, lightening, slackening
alleviation, mitigation, qualification, dilution, weakening, diminution, reduction
informal letting up
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