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 for Relapsing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relapse \Re*lapse"\ (r?-l?ps"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Relapsed
     (-l?pst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relapsing.] [L. relapsus, p. p.
     of relabi to slip back, to relapse; pref. re- re- + labi to
     fall, slip, slide. See Lapse.]
     1. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.
        [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     2. 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.
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              That task performed, [preachers] relapse into
              themselves.                           --Cowper.
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     3. (Theol.) To fall from Christian faith into paganism,
        heresy, or unbelief; to backslide.
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              They enter into the justified state, and so continue
              all along, unless they relapse.       --Waterland.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relapsing \Re*laps"ing\, a.
     Marked by a relapse; falling back; tending to return to a
     former worse state.
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     Relapsing fever (Med.), an acute, epidemic, contagious
        fever, which prevails also endemically in Ireland, Russia,
        and some other regions. It is marked by one or two
        remissions of the fever, by articular and muscular pains,
        and by the presence, during the paroxism of spiral
        bacterium ({Spirochaete) in the blood. It is not usually
        fatal. Called also famine fever, and recurring fever.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a failure to maintain a higher state [syn: backsliding,
           lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion,

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