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Definition of lapsed

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Aldermen also reinstated a 15-day grace period for lapsed stickers and banned consecutive and same-day ticketing. ProPublica, "Hundreds of Thousands of Chicago Motorists Could Receive Debt Relief From Vehicle Sticker Tickets as the City Expands Reform," 27 Sep. 2019 Michael Pachter, an analyst at financial services firm Wedbush, modeled growth of 460,000 subscribers but that number could go up depending on whether Blizzard was able to draw back lapsed subscribers. Shannon Liao, CNN, "'World of Warcraft Classic' draws on gaming nostalgia," 27 Aug. 2019 Some $133 million would be cut from a lapsed railroad unemployment insurance program, and $252 million from an Ebola response account, as apparently the money outlived the outbreak. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Useful Spending Debate," 13 May 2018 Illinois apparently had a burst of lapsed ambition and shuffled around only $2.5 million. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Governments Steal Emergency Money," 3 May 2018 But other reporting indicates that Singer had a preexisting relationship with the firm, having hired them in 2014 as his hedge fund, Elliott Management, fought the Argentine government over billions of dollars in lapsed debt payments. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: The tax bill gets its first big corporate enemy," 30 Oct. 2017 His father was Wesley Chase Mathews, a railroad worker and a lapsed Mormon descendant of Welsh immigrant coal miners. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Tom Mathews, Promoter of Liberal Causes and Candidates, Dies at 96," 26 Oct. 2017 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. Andrew Rafferty, NBC News, "Here Are Three Ways to Have An Independent Russia Inquiry," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of lapsed

1638, in the meaning defined above

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“Lapsed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lapsed

: no longer believing or following the teachings of a religion
: no longer effective or valid

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dull or mediocre

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