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v. lapsed, laps·ing, laps·es
a. To fall from a previous level or standard, as of accomplishment, quality, or conduct: lapse into bad habits; a team that lapsed into mediocrity halfway through the season.
b. To deviate from a prescribed or accepted way: lapse into heresy.
c. To pass gradually or smoothly; slip: lapse into reverie.
a. To come to an end, especially gradually or temporarily: He realized that his attention had lapsed and he hadn't heard the assignment.
b. To be no longer valid or active; expire: She allowed her membership to lapse after the first year.
3. Law To cease to be available as a result of expiration, disuse, or impossibility. Used of a right or privilege.
4. To go by; elapse: Years had lapsed since we last met.
To allow to lapse.
1. The act or an instance of lapsing, as:
a. A usually minor or temporary failure; a slip: a lapse of memory; a lapse in judgment.
b. A deterioration or decline: a lapse into barbarism.
c. A moral fall: a lapse from grace.
2. A break in continuity; a pause: a lapse in the conversation.
3. A period of time; an interval: a lapse of several years between the two revolutions.
4. Law The termination of a right or privilege as a result of expiration, disuse, or impossibility.

[Middle English lapsen, to deviate from the normal, from laps, lapse of time, sin (from Old French, lapse of time, from Latin lāpsus, from past participle of lābī, to lapse) and from Latin lāpsāre, frequentative of lābī.]

laps′er n.
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Noun1.lapsing - a failure to maintain a higher statelapsing - 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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References in classic literature ?
After they had retired for the night it was customary for the adults to carry on a desultory conversation for a short time before lapsing into sleep, and now that I could understand their language I was always a keen listener, although I never proffered any remarks myself.
Specifically, it learns patterns that are predictive of staying on one's weight loss plan and patterns that are predictive of lapsing from one's plan.
The bill lapsing into law paves the way for CBCP to continue to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain for religious, education, cultural, and commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio and or television broadcasting stations in the Philippines.
In this study, we present and contrast the standard return-of-premium GMDB rider with a variety of additional policy features that can help mitigate the policyholder's incentives to lapse: in practice, insurers typically impose a surrender schedule, so that for a number of years the policyholder must pay a percentage of the current VA account value when lapsing. A second common feature--though usually offered as an add-on for an additional fee--is a roll-up guarantee, whereby the guaranteed minimum death benefit amount increases by a fixed percentage each year (Bauer, Kling, and Russ, 2008).
The tax machinery was adamant at initiating a crackdown against evaders after the lapsing of the tax amnesty deadline.