Definition of lapsed
: having ceased to be active in practice, membership, or belief a lapsed Catholic
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The senator said the bill would resemble a previously lapsed law that required the attorney general to petition a three-judge panel to choose a prosecutor.
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Definition of lapsed for English Language Learners
: no longer believing or following the teachings of a religion
: no longer effective or valid
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