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backslide

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verb back·slide \-ˌslīd\

Simple Definition of backslide

  • : to start doing something bad again after you have stopped it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of backslide

backslid

play \-ˌslid\

backslid

or

backslidden

play \-ˌsli-dən\

backsliding

play \-ˌslī-diŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lapse morally or in the practice of religion

  3. 2 :  to revert to a worse condition :  retrogress

backslide

noun

backslider

play \-ˌslī-dər\ noun

Examples of backslide in a sentence

  1. Smokers who quit often backslide within a year.



1552

First Known Use of backslide

1552


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