Definition of lapsed in English:



  • 1No longer valid; expired.

    ‘a lapsed insurance policy’
    • ‘The application fees for those lapsed applications will be refunded in full.’
    • ‘If they are not renewed by Friday, 7th October, they will be considered lapsed and a new application will be necessary.’
    • ‘It would indeed be absurd to require them to determine conditions for a lapsed permission.’
    • ‘The list runs from community policing and the lapsed assault-weapons ban to federal aid to faith-based social programs, stem-cell research to environmental protections to Pell grants for expanded college opportunity.’
    • ‘If they have lodged an application for a job-search visa they are OK; their applications are not lapsed.’
    • ‘Included in the sale is an adjoining site at 1 Abbeylane, with lapsed planning permission for a detached four-bedroom residence.’
    • ‘When propelled by an avalanche of media-fueled fear, the inert indigent of the net slowly update their lapsed anti-virus software.’
    • ‘First, the sample used was a commercial list and had not been "cleaned" to remove obsolete, duplicate or lapsed addresses.’
    • ‘He received a letter today from his insurance company about his lapsed household insurance.’
    • ‘There is a discussion in the commentary on the bill, under the heading "Reviving certain lapsed coastal permits", that explains why that provision has been put in place.’
    • ‘Another group of nurses who had been certified but let their certification lapse, cited several reasons for their lapsed certification.’
    • ‘This latest application replaces an almost identical lapsed planning permission granted in 1994.’
    • ‘A congressional hearing today finally got around to talking about enforcing visa laws and deporting aliens with lapsed visas.’
    expired, void, invalid, run out, out of date, terminated, discontinued, unrenewed
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    1. 1.1 No longer following the rules and practices of a religion or doctrine; non-practising.
      ‘a lapsed Catholic’
      • ‘The celebrate Christmas with all the trimmings, since her new husband is also a lapsed Catholic.’
      • ‘A lapsed Ukrainian Catholic, he retains a respect for the imagery of the church, for its mythical implications.’
      • ‘This organization is peaceful and devotes itself to recovering lapsed Muslims for a fundamentalist version of Islam.’
      • ‘Next time I hope the Welsh communists will come up north to visit their lapsed brethern.’
      • ‘As in every Mormon ward, missionaries provide a gamut of services for members, whether active or lapsed.’
      • ‘On the whole, and as a result, I started to find it easier to speak about spiritual issues with Catholics (lapsed Catholics, mostly) than Jews.’
      • ‘As a lapsed protestant agnostic with Buddhist tendencies I cannot overly mourn his passing.’
      • ‘The reality of there being a significant number of lapsed Catholics is a long-standing part of Catholic culture.’
      • ‘But except for the four lapsed Mormons who attended, they stood alone.’
      • ‘As a lapsed Catholic myself, I have respect for the persuasive power and discipline of organised religion.’
      • ‘I was a lapsed yogi and an inactive meditator.’
      • ‘Dad was a lapsed Presbyterian who believed in medicine, Mother a Christian Scientist who believed in prayer.’
      • ‘I'm a lapsed vegetarian, so red meat is my guilty pleasure.’
      • ‘I liked being brought up in the Church and I'd like to think I could do that for my kids, but at the moment I'm fairly lapsed.’
      • ‘I confess: I am a lapsed vegetarian.’
      • ‘I am reinforced in my self indulgence by the attitude of another lapsed vegetarian friend.’
      • ‘A former refugee who describes herself as a lapsed Muslim, she campaigned against Muslims who reject Dutch values such as gender equality and gay rights.’
      • ‘Now preachers from Britain, America and the East are flocking here to convert lapsed Catholics to their codes.’
      • ‘What did I, a lapsed Episcopalian, know about vespers?’
      • ‘They want to use Islam as the lightning rod to convince lapsed Christians that unless they become more religious, society around them will collapse from the Muslim onslaught.’
      non-practising, lacking faith, backsliding, recidivist, apostate
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