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Definition of relapse:

  1. A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of having fallen back.
  2. One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error, returns to it again.
  3. To fall from Christian faith into paganism, heresy, or unbelief; to backslide.
  4. 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.
  5. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.

Synonyms:

retrograde, reverting, atavism, get worse, lapse, go by, deterioration, lapsing, retrovert, pass, elapse, repetition, turnaround, turn back, lose, dawdle, reversal, retroversion, resort, drop off, fall back, fall behind, glide by, backsliding, recidivism, slip away, go along, recidivate, lag, setback, retrogress, reversion, better, regress, turnabout, oversight, slide by, relapsing, loss, slip by.

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