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- simple past tense and past participle of
- Discontinued; having ceased or gone out of use.
- (of a person) Changed to a less valued condition or state; especially having lost one's religious faith.
- (humorous) By extension, having changed a (secular) belief or adherence.
- 1981, Jessamyn West, Double Discovery: A Journey, G.K. Hall, →ISBN:
- My mother knew that I was a lapsed Republican, but did not dream of the depth to which I had fallen.
- (archaic, of a legacy) Having passed from the original holder or authority; no longer claimed.
- 1789, Jean-Charles Laveaux, The Life of Frederick the Second, King of Prussia, London: J. Derbett, OCLC 13599937, page 143:
- The only legitimate claimants must be, Albert of Austria, son of the sister of the last duke John; and the emperor Sigsmund, who might consider this part of Bavaria as a lapsed fief: that in this quality he had given the investiture of it to his son-in-law