1lapse noun \ˈlaps\
: an occurrence in which you fail to think or act in the usual or proper way for a brief time and make a mistake
: an occurrence in which someone behaves badly for usually a short period of time
: a change that results in worse behavior
a : a slight error typically due to forgetfulness or inattention <a lapse in table manners>
b : a temporary deviation or fall especially from a higher to a lower state <a lapse from grace>
a (1) : the termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it within some limit of time (2) : termination of coverage for nonpayment of premiums
b : interruption, discontinuance <returned to college after a lapse of several years>
: an abandonment of religious faith
Examples of LAPSE
- He blamed the error on a minor mental lapse.
- a lapse into bad habits
Origin of LAPSE
to slip — more at sleep
First Known Use: 1526
: to stop for usually a brief time
: to become no longer effective or valid
a : to fall from an attained and usually high level (as of morals or manners) to one much lower; also : to depart from an accepted pattern or standard
b : sink, slip <lapsed into unconsciousness>
: to go out of existence : cease <after a few polite exchanges, the conversation lapsed>
: to pass from one proprietor to another or from an original owner by omission or negligence <allowed the insurance policy to lapse>
: to glide along : pass <time lapses>
: to let slip : forfeit <all of those who have lapsed their membership — AAUP Bulletin>
— laps·er noun
Examples of LAPSE
- After a few polite words the conversation lapsed.
- Her interest in politics lapsed while she was in medical school.
- She didn't pay the premium and her life insurance policy lapsed.
- He forgot to renew his driver's license, so it lapsed.
- She allowed the magazine subscription to lapse.
First Known Use of LAPSE
Related to LAPSE
- break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, discontinue, elapse, end, expire, finish, go, halt, cease, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up, wink (out)
- continue, hang on, persist
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