Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective No longer active or practicing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having slipped downward, backward, or away; having lost position, privilege, etc., by neglect; -- restricted to figurative uses.
  • adjective Ineffectual, void, or forfeited
  • adjective (Law) a devise, or legacy, which fails to take effect in consequence of the death of the devisee, or legatee, before that of the testator, or for other cause.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of lapse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective no longer active or practicing

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Examples

  • There were never any estates; the title lapsed; the present earldom is a new creation, not in the same family at all.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • When the title lapsed the old Countess, who was the only member of the family left, simply sold up everything, lock, stock and barrel.

    Sweet Danger

  • When the title lapsed the old Countess, who was the only member of the family left, simply sold up everything, lock, stock and barrel.

    Sweet Danger

  • There were never any estates; the title lapsed; the present earldom is a new creation, not in the same family at all.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • There were never any estates; the title lapsed; the present earldom is a new creation, not in the same family at all.

    Mark Twain, a Biography — Volume I, Part 2: 1835-1866

  • Neither of his two marriages were recognized by the king, and the title lapsed at his death in 1843.

    The Seattle Times

  • Niemeier, who has continued to serve even though his term lapsed in October 2008, has one of three seats that Schapiro must fill.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • But she's what I refer to as a lapsed Jew and hasn't outwardly practiced or visited a synagogue in years -- not that I have either.

    Raymond Leon Roker: Broken Promise Land: What I Saw In Israel

  • But the CC has not been reconstituted since its term lapsed in 2005, allowing room for abuse, as under the JR Jayawardane regime

    TamilNet Newswire

  • But the CC has not been reconstituted since its term lapsed in 2005, allowing room for abuse, as under the JR Jayawardane regime

    TamilNet Newswire

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