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noun as in break in action

noun as in backsliding

verb as in become void; fall back into previous pattern

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Example Sentences

The defensive lapses came because of missed assignments and some trouble in transition.

According to sources who heard the presentation, Wyler used no names and only titles in discussing the management lapses in editing “The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports.”

Despite his decision to delay signing the bill over last-minute objections, the Labor Department said this week that it does not expect people claiming certain federal unemployment benefits to experience a lapse in payments.

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Only through lawsuits — and people like being willing to come forward — can the public get a true picture of these lapses in care.

Budget experts said the impact of that lapse would almost certainly be minimal if Congress can approve the government funding deal by the end of the weekend.

I shut my eyes yet felt aware of the garden at my elbow, the blooms opening as if in time-lapse, the stalks lengthening.

That lapse was partly mitigated by the rise of blog­ging, which encouraged user-generated content.

This trend will only accelerate as whites lapse at higher rates than nonwhites.

Today no one in either party would accept such a benign explanation for a lapse in security, nor should they.

Rich defendant, revolving door attorneys, last-minute plea deals… cue the brooding theme music and time-lapse photography.

This unreasoning, feminine obstinacy so wrought upon him that he permitted himself a smile and a lapse into irony and banter.

No notice being taken of the taps, the unseen visitor, after a short lapse, ventured to open the door and peep in.

He felt vexed with himself for his lapse from good manners, yet hardly able to account for it.

That has been left for us to discover, and that glamour in which we see their age is one afforded only by the lapse of time.

In the intervals which must occur between the courses, do not appear to be conscious of the lapse of time.


On this page you'll find 223 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to lapse, such as: blunder, breach, crime, error, failing, and failure.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.