lapsed

[ lapst ]
/ læpst /

adjective

expired; voided; terminated: a lapsed insurance policy.
no longer committed to or following the tenets of a particular belief, obligation, position, etc.: a lapsed Catholic.

Nearby words

  1. lapsable,
  2. lapsang,
  3. lapsang souchong,
  4. lapse,
  5. lapse rate,
  6. lapsible,
  7. lapstrake,
  8. lapsus,
  9. lapsus calami,
  10. lapsus linguae

Origin of lapsed

First recorded in 1610–20; lapse + -ed2

Related formsun·lapsed, adjective

lapse

[ laps ]
/ læps /

noun

verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.

Origin of lapse

1520–30; < Latin lāpsus an error, slipping, failing, equivalent to lāb(ī) to slide, slip, fall, make a mistake + -sus, for -tus suffix of v. action

Related formslaps·er, nounun·laps·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lapsed

lapse

/ (læps) /

noun

verb (intr)

Derived Formslapsable or lapsible, adjectivelapsed, adjectivelapser, noun

Word Origin for lapse

C15: from Latin lāpsus error, from lābī to glide

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