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intr.v. re·lapsed, re·laps·ing, re·laps·es
1. To return to a former state.
a. To become sicker after partial recovery from an illness.
b. To recur. Used of an illness.
3. To slip back into bad ways; backslide.
n. (rē′lăps, rĭ-lăps′)
A return to a former state, especially after apparent improvement.

[Middle English relapsen, to forswear, from Latin relābī, relāps-, to fall back gradually : re-, re- + lābī, to slide.]

re·laps′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.relapsing - a failure to maintain a higher staterelapsing - a failure to maintain a higher state
failure - an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
recidivism - habitual relapse into crime
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The head of Munro had already sunk upon his chest, and he was again fast relapsing into melancholy, when the young Frenchman before named ventured to touch him lightly on the elbow.
Christie turned away, relapsing into her old resigned manner, and assuming her household duties in a quiet, temporizing way that was, however, without hope or expectation.
She was fast relapsing into stupor; nor did her mind again rally: at twelve o'clock that night she died.
Besides which, she is so charmingly ugly,' relapsing into languor.
Surety, father, you do not think him in danger of relapsing into the worship of his ancestors?
Yes, my good sir," he went on, relapsing into a scolding tone as he leapt to his feet and started to pace the room, "do you not know this " (he seemed to be addressing some imaginary auditor in the corner) "--do you not know this, that in Russia old women like her are subjected to restraint, the devil take them?
Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in judicial moods.
I'm not defending them," said Lucy, losing her courage, and relapsing into the old chaotic methods.
She was by that time perseveringly dictating to Caddy, and Caddy was fast relapsing into the inky condition in which we had found her.
The doctor gloomily recognized what trifling success he had obtained from his manoeuvre, and was relapsing into deep meditation, when he heard Joe exclaim, in tones of most intense astonishment:
She was hysterical, and laughed aloud every other minute with no apparent reason--the next moment relapsing into gloom and thoughtfulness.
Impossible," said Mary, relapsing into her usual tone; "husbands are an inferior class of men, who require keeping in order.