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Meaning of RELAPSE

Pronunciation:  [n]'rilaps, [v]ri'laps, ree'laps

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a failure to maintain a higher state
  2. [v]  go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
  3. [v]  deteriorate in health; "he relapsed"

RELAPSE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: backsliding, fall back, get worse, lapse, lapse, lapsing, recidivate, regress, relapsing, retrogress, reversion, reverting
 Antonyms: bounce back, get over, get well
 See Also: change state, failure, recidivism, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*lapse"\ (r?-l?ps"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Relapsed}
    (-l?pst"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Relapsing}.] [L. relapsus, p. p.
    of relabi to slip back, to relapse; pref. re- re- + labi to
    fall, slip, slide. See {Lapse}.]
    1. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.
       [Obs.] --Dryden.
    2. To slide or turn back into a former state or practice; to
       fall back from some condition attained; -- generally in a
       bad sense, as from a state of convalescence or amended
       condition; as, to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or
       into barbarism; -- sometimes in a good sense; as, to
       relapse into slumber after being disturbed.
             That task performed, [preachers] relapse into
             themselves.                           --Cowper.
    3. (Theol.) To fall from Christian faith into paganism,
       heresy, or unbelief; to backslide.
             They enter into the justified state, and so continue
             all along, unless they relapse.       --Waterland.
  2. \Re*lapse"\, n. [For sense 2 cf. F. relaps. See
    {Relapse}, v.]
    1. A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad
       state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of
       having fallen back.
             Alas! from what high hope to what relapse Unlooked
             for are we fallen!                    --Milton.
    2. One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a
       backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error,
       returns to it again. [Obs.]
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Recurrence of disease or symptoms after apparent recovery.