lapse definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • to-fall from a previous amount or standard, by success, high quality, or conduct: lapse into bad practices; a team that lapsed into mediocrity halfway through the season.
    • To deviate from a prescribed or acknowledged means: lapse into heresy.
    • To pass slowly or efficiently; slide: lapse into reverie.
    • To come to an-end, particularly gradually or temporarily: He understood that his attention had lapsed in which he hadn't heard the assignment.
    • is no more legitimate or active; expire: She permitted the woman membership to lapse after the very first 12 months.
    • Law to pass through to another through neglect or omission. Used of the right or privilege, a benefice, or an estate.
    • to put into practice; elapse: Years had lapsed since we last came across.
    • To pass gradually and effortlessly downward, backward, or away; to slide downward, backwards, or away; to glide; -- mainly limited to figurative uses.
    • To slip or fall in ethical conduct; to fail in task; to fall from virtue; to deviate from rectitude; to dedicate a fault by inadvertence or error.
    • to-fall or pass in one manager to some other, or through the original location, by the omission, neglect, or failure of someone, as a patron, a legatee, etc.
    • to be ineffectual or void; to fall.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To allow to lapse.
    • To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to permit to pass through.
    • To amaze in a fault or error; ergo, to shock or catch, as an offender.
  • noun:
    • The act or a case of lapsing, as:
    • A usually small or temporary failure; a slip: a lapse of memory; a lapse in view.
    • A deterioration or decline: a lapse into barbarism.
    • A moral fall: a lapse from sophistication.
    • A break in continuity; a pause: a lapse inside discussion.
    • A period of time; an interval: a lapse of several years involving the two revolutions.
    • Law The termination of a right or privilege through disuse, neglect, or death.
    • a short-term failure; a slip.
    • A decline or fall-in criteria.
    • A pause in continuity.
    • An interval of the time between events.
    • A termination of the right etc, through disuse or neglect.
    • A marked reduction in environment heat with increasing height since the surface is warmer versus surrounding environment. This problem often takes place when skies are clear and between 1100 and 1600 hours, neighborhood time. Powerful convection currents occur during lapse conditions. For chemical functions, the state is defined as unstable. This condition is generally considered the absolute most undesirable for release of chemical agents. See lapse price.
    • A common-law guideline when the person to who residential property is willed had been to perish before the testator, then present could be inadequate.
    • A gliding, falling, or steady dropping; an unobserved or imperceptible development or dying,; -- limited generally to immaterial things, or even figurative utilizes.
    • A slip; an error; a fault; a failing in task; a small deviation from truth or rectitude.
    • The termination of the right or privilege through fail to exercise it inside the restricted time, or through failure of some contingency; hence, the devolution of the right or privilege.
    • A fall or apostasy.
    • A falling; a continued falling-off or away; a passing or gliding along or away: as, the lapse of moving liquid; the lapse period.
    • A gradual autumn or lineage; passageway downward, real or moral; a passing from a greater to a lowered spot, state, or problem: because, a lapse from integrity; a lapse into sin.
    • a deep failing or miscarriage through some fault, slide, or neglect; ergo, a slip or fault as a whole; a mistake from carelessness or inattention: as, a lapse of justice; a lapse of name to an estate; a lapse of this tongue or of sentence structure.
    • In English ecclesiastical legislation, the failure or omission of a patron presenting a clerk to a benefice in the time allowed him, half a year from avoidance, by which occasion the benefice is reported to be lapsed or perhaps in lapse, plus the right of presentation passes to your bishop.
    • some slack or intermission inside occurrence of some thing
    • an error caused by inattention
    • failing to keep up a higher condition
  • verb:
    • To fall away gradually; to subside
    • to-fall into error or heresy
    • to slide into a negative practice this one is wanting to avoid.
    • to be void
    • pass into a specified state or condition
    • fall to a lesser level, as with one's morals or standards
    • end, about for a long time
    • let slide
    • go back to bad behavior
    • pass by
  • others:
    • To fall; fall; slip; glide; sink; pass slowly, silently, or by degrees.
    • To slip in conduct; fail in responsibility; deviate from rectitude; devote a fault; slip or end up in mistake or sin.
    • To fall or pass from a single manager to a different, because of the omission, neglect, or failure of some one, as a patron, a legatee, etc.
    • to pass through or fall away; fail; especially, in-law, to become ineffectual or void: as, the benefice lapsed; the history lapsed.
    • resulting in or endure to slip; suffer to fail or become void or ineffectual; let slide.
    • To be found lapsing or erring.

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