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  • v. Present participle of lapse.

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

  • n. a failure to maintain a higher state


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  • Even more refreshing is the abolishing of 'lapsing' of Bills.

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  • DELHI: On Monday, Rajya Sabha saw several MPs absenting themselves from the House resulting in their questions "lapsing" and led to CPM MP Brinda Karat protesting at MPs playing hooky as being "very - Articles related to Seeking protection for girl child

  • • Catholics: Catholicism, as we have seen both in this chapter and in the previous one, suffered serious losses, both to conversion and to lapsing.

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  • Figure 5.1 summarizes the incidence of switching and lapsing among white Americans across major religious traditions.

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  • For that reason, in this chapter we often focus specifically on switching and lapsing among whites only.

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  • Most of the lapsing in Figure 5.1 represents real intergenerational change.

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  • To be sure, even among Christians, some of those we are calling lapsed are themselves the children of lapsed parents, but lapsing that is, nonattendance has risen very sharply across the generations.

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  • At times, Addis stays too close to the surface, lapsing into self-help-speak.

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  • The genius of it--and what keeps it from lapsing into complete anarchy--is that 140 character limit. Reporting a Murder Trial, 140 Characters at a Time

  • You can see what she is trying to do: suggest that the medium is a bohemian hearty who takes her business seriously and goes into a trance by prowling round the furniture uttering peremptory barks or lapsing into tribal cries.

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