[ lapst ]
/ læpst /


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.

Origin of lapsed

First recorded in 1610–20; lapse + -ed2

Related forms

un·lapsed, adjective

Definition for lapsed (2 of 2)


[ laps ]
/ læps /


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 forms

laps·er, nounun·laps·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lapsed


/ (læps) /


verb (intr)

Derived Forms

lapsable or lapsible, adjectivelapsed, adjectivelapser, noun

Word Origin for lapse

C15: from Latin lāpsus error, from lābī to glide
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