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Definition of lapsed

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

Examples of lapsed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But new features alone probably aren’t going to lure back lapsed subscribers, who should be the company’s prime target. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 3 July 2020 Nesbitt said there were no immediate plans to reinstitute any of the lapsed virus protocols, but that always remained an option in the future. Carla K. Johnson,, 8 Apr. 2022 Deadline for lapsed members to apply to reinstate their membership to guarantee voting eligibility for both rounds of the 74th Emmy competition and secure member entry fee discount. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 So, this is a smart way to draw in lapsed or very occasional players (like me) who might be interested in trying a new legend for the first time. Kris Holt, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Mikey latches onto an easily corruptible 17-year-old donut-shop waitress Strawberry (Suzanna Son) as if reliving his own lapsed innocence. Armond White, National Review, 29 Dec. 2021 Sometimes, Bowser decided to loosen restrictions or to refrain from bringing back lapsed rules, even when the metrics worsened. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 Iran’s conservative rulers’ effort to orchestrate the outcome of the June 18 presidential election triggered a voter boycott – but the result may still bode well for ongoing negotiations over the lapsed 2015 nuclear deal. Nader Habibi, The Conversation, 17 June 2021 The lapsed Catholic kid in the corner had stripped. Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lapsed

1638, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

23 May 2022

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“Lapsed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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