Relapse meaning

rĭ-lăps'
To return to a former state.
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The definition of a relapse is a backsliding or a situation where a person who was getting better returns to a worse state.

When cancer you thought was cured comes back, the return of the cancer is an example of a relapse.

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A return to a former state, especially after apparent improvement.
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To slip or fall back into a former condition, esp. after improvement or seeming improvement.
  • To fall back into illness.
  • To fall back into bad habits, wrongdoing, etc.; backslide.
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Relapse is to return to a prior condition, or to have an illness or addiction reoccur.

When an alcoholic has been sober for two months and he slips and has a drink, this is an example of a situation where he relapses.

When your cancer was cured but it came back a year later, this is an example of a situation where you relapse.

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To slip back into bad ways; backslide.
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The act or an instance of relapsing.
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The recurrence of a disease after apparent improvement.
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To return to a former state.
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To slip back into bad ways; backslide.
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A return to a former state, especially after apparent improvement.
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(intransitive) To fall back again; to slide or turn back into a former state or practice.

He has improved recently but keeps relapsing into states of utter confusion. to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or into barbarism; to relapse into slumber after being disturbed.

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(intransitive, medicine, of a disease) To recur; to worsen, be aggravated.
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To slip or slide back physically; to turn back.

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The act or situation of relapsing.

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

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Origin of relapse

  • Middle English relapsen to forswear from Latin relābī relāps- to fall back gradually re- re- lābī to slide
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin relapsus, past participle of relabi (“to slide back, fall back"), from re- (“back") + labi (“to slip, slide, fall").
    From Wiktionary