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Lapse meaning

lapse - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. pass by; " three years elapsed"
  2. 2. A slip; an error; a fault; a failing in duty; a slight deviation from truth or rectitude.
  3. 3. The termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it within the limited time, or through failure of some contingency; hence, the devolution of a right or privilege.
  4. 4. A fall or apostasy.
  5. 5. To slide or slip in moral conduct; to fail in duty; to fall from virtue; to deviate from rectitude; to commit a fault by inadvertence or mistake.
  6. 6. To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of some one, as a patron, a legatee, etc.
  7. 7. To become ineffectual or void; to fall.
  8. 8. To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass.
  9. 9. To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or catch, as an offender.
  10. 10. Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti- lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.
  11. 11. A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; - restricted usually to immaterial things, or to figurative uses.
  12. 12. To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; - mostly restricted to figurative uses.

lapse - examples of usage

  1. You may have viewed examples of time lapse photography and not even realized it.
  2. The lapse of time makes not the least difference. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. So the reason why was allowed to lapse, and the fact to take care of itself for once. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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