• (v. i.) To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.
  • (v. i.) 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.
  • (v. i.) To fall from Christian faith into paganism, heresy, or unbelief; to backslide.
  • (v.) A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of having fallen back.
  • (v.) One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error, returns to it again.

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recurrence vs. relapse

recrudescence vs. relapse

relapse vs. relapsing

relapse vs. retrogress

recidivate vs. relapse

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recur vs. relapse

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fall vs. relapse

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