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RELAPSE, v.i. relaps'. [L. relapsus, relabor, to slide back; re and labor, to slide.]

1. To slip or slide back; to return.

2. To fall back; to return to a former state or practice; as, to relapse into vice or error after amendment.

3. To fall back or return from recovery or a convalescent state; as, to relapse into a fever.

RELAPSE, n. relaps'. A sliding or falling back, particularly into a former bad state, either of body or of morals; as a relapse into a disease from a convalescent state; a relapse into a vicious course of life. [In the sense of a person relapsing, not used.]




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RELAPSE, v.i. relaps'. [L. relapsus, relabor, to slide back; re and labor, to slide.]

1. To slip or slide back; to return.

2. To fall back; to return to a former state or practice; as, to relapse into vice or error after amendment.

3. To fall back or return from recovery or a convalescent state; as, to relapse into a fever.

RELAPSE, n. relaps'. A sliding or falling back, particularly into a former bad state, either of body or of morals; as a relapse into a disease from a convalescent state; a relapse into a vicious course of life. [In the sense of a person relapsing, not used.]


RE-LAPSE, n. [relaps'.]

A sliding or falling back, particularly into a former bad state, either of body or morals; as, to relapse into a disease from a convalescent state; a relapse into a vicious course of life. [In the sense of a person relapsing, not used.]


RE-LAPSE, v.i. [relaps'; L. relapsus, relabor, to slide back; re and labor, to slide.]

  1. To slip or slide back; to return.
  2. To fall back; to return to a former state or practice; as, to relapse into vice or error after amendment.
  3. To fall back or return from recovery or a convalescent state; as, to relapse into a fever.

Re*lapse"
  1. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.

    [Obs.] Dryden.
  2. A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of having fallen back.

    Alas! from what high hope to what relapse
    Unlooked for are we fallen!
    Milton.

  3. 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.

    That task performed, [preachers] relapse into themselves. Cowper.

  4. One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error, returns to it again.

    [Obs.]
  5. To fall from Christian faith into paganism, heresy, or unbelief; to backslide.

    They enter into the justified state, and so continue all along, unless they relapse. Waterland.

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Relapse

RELAPSE, verb intransitive relaps'. [Latin relapsus, relabor, to slide back; re and labor, to slide.]

1. To slip or slide back; to return.

2. To fall back; to return to a former state or practice; as, to relapse into vice or error after amendment.

3. To fall back or return from recovery or a convalescent state; as, to relapse into a fever.

RELAPSE, noun relaps'. A sliding or falling back, particularly into a former bad state, either of body or of morals; as a relapse into a disease from a convalescent state; a relapse into a vicious course of life. [In the sense of a person relapsing, not used.]

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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