: having ceased to be active in practice, membership, or belief
a lapsed Catholic

Examples of lapsed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To read Stone’s memoir, co-written by Ben Greenman as the inaugural title of Questlove’s new book imprint, is to be pulled down into some inner circle of hell reserved for lapsed geniuses with impulse-control issues. Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 The filing comes as Hunter Biden may face additional indictments in Washington, D.C., or California, as prosecutors have indicated that additional charges over his lapsed tax payments from 2017 and 2018 may resurface again. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 18 Sep. 2023 Or, to be more accurate, to his enduring status as a lapsed Catholic. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 School resource officers from the Waukegan police department will be present at both Waukegan High School campuses when classes start Aug. 14 after Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 moved to avoid a lapsed contract. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2023 After the racial gap in unemployment was at its slimmest in months, an increase in unemployment among Black workers is causing some concern over lapsed progress for the Black labor force. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 6 June 2023 People with lapsed health care licenses can get temporary authorization to work under the state’s COVID-19 response plan, and people without medical backgrounds can help with hospital housekeeping, data entry or contact tracing, Shaw-Tulloch said, by signing up on a new website, VolunteerIdaho.com. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 The lapsed deadline comes as prominent economists have questioned the social cost of carbon metric, sharply criticizing the Obama administration’s value as too low to prompt the types of policies needed to curb climate change in line with the Paris climate agreement. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 24 Feb. 2021 One frequent witness is a lapsed plastic surgeon who runs a Botox clinic out of a strip mall next to a Pizza Hut. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lapsed was in 1638

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“Lapsed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lapsed. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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