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Meaning of relapse

re•lapse

Pronunciation: (v.ri-laps'n.ri-laps', rē'laps), [key]
— v., n. -lapsed, -laps•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to fall or slip back into a former state, practice, etc.: to relapse into silence.
  2. to fall back into illness after convalescence or apparent recovery.
  3. to fall back into vice, wrongdoing, or error; backslide: to relapse into heresy.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of relapsing.
  2. a return of a disease or illness after partial recovery from it.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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