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The Definition of - lapse (verb)

    noun
    1.
    an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state; a temporary falling or slipping from a previous standard:
    a lapse of justice.
    2.
    a slip or error, often of a trivial sort; failure:
    a lapse of memory.
    3.
    an interval or passage of time; elapsed period:
    a lapse of ten minutes before the program resumed.
    4.
    a moral fall, as from rectitude or virtue.
    5.
    a fall or decline to a lower grade, condition, or degree; descent; regression:
    a lapse into savagery.
    6.
    the act of falling, slipping, sliding, etc., slowly or by degrees.
    7.
    a falling into disuse.
    8.
    Insurance. discontinuance of coverage resulting from nonpayment of a premium; termination of a policy.
    9.
    Law. the termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it or through failure of some contingency.
    10.
    Meteorology. lapse rate.
    11.
    Archaic. a gentle, downward flow, as of water.
    verb (used without object), lapsed, lapsing.
    12.
    to fall or deviate from a previous standard; fail to maintain a normative level:
    Toward the end of the book the author lapsed into bad prose.
    13.
    to come to an end; stop:
    We let our subscription to that magazine lapse.
    14.
    to fall, slip, or sink; subside:
    to lapse into silence.
    15.
    to fall into disuse:
    The custom lapsed after a period of time.
    16.
    to deviate or abandon principles, beliefs, etc.:
    to lapse into heresy.
    17.
    to fall spiritually, as an apostate:
    to lapse from grace.
    18.
    to pass away, as time; elapse.
    19.
    Law. to become void, as a legacy to someone who dies before the testator.
    20.
    to cease being in force; terminate:
    Your insurance policy will lapse after 30 days.

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Word Origin & History of - lapse

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