un lapsed


expired; voided; terminated: a lapsed insurance policy.
no longer committed to or following the tenets of a particular belief, obligation, position, etc.: a lapsed Catholic.

1610–20; lapse + -ed2

unlapsed, adjective
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Word Origin & History

1520s, "slip of the memory," from M.Fr. laps "lapse," from L. lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "a moral slip" is from 1580s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s. Legal sense of "termination of a right
or privilege" first recorded 1560s. The verb is first attested 1640s. Related: Lapsed; lapses.
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