lapse of judgement meaning, lapse of judgement definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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lapse

  
  ( lapses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( lapsing    present participle)   ( lapsed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A lapse is a moment or instance of bad behaviour by someone who usually behaves well.  
usu adj N, N in n  
On Friday he showed neither decency nor dignity. It was an uncommon lapse.     
2       n-count   A lapseof something such as concentration or judgment is a temporary lack of that thing, which can often cause you to make a mistake.  
N of n, supp N  
I had a little lapse of concentration in the middle of the race..., The incident was being seen as a serious security lapse.     
3       verb   If you lapseinto a quiet or inactive state, you stop talking or being active.  
She muttered something unintelligible and lapsed into silence...      V into n  
4       verb   If someone lapsesinto a particular way of speaking, or behaving, they start speaking or behaving in that way, usually for a short period.   (=slip)  
Teenagers occasionally find it all too much to cope with and lapse into bad behaviour.      V into n  
      Lapse is also a noun., n-count   usu N into n  
Her lapse into German didn't seem peculiar. After all, it was her native tongue.     
5       n-sing   A lapseof time is a period that is long enough for a situation to change or for people to have a different opinion about it.  
usu N of n, supp N  
...the restoration of diplomatic relations after a lapse of 24 years..., There is usually a time lapse between receipt of new information and its publication.     
6       verb   If a period of time lapses, it passes.  
New products and production processes are transferred to the developing countries only after a substantial amount of time has lapsed.      V  
7       verb   If a situation or legal contract lapses, it is allowed to end rather than being continued, renewed, or extended.  
Her membership of the Labour Party has lapsed...      V  
Ford allowed the name and trademark to lapse during the Eighties.      V  
8       verb   If a member of a particular religion lapses, they stop believing in it or stop following its rules and practices.  
She calls herself a lapsed Catholic.      V-ed  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
See also:

lap, lapel, laser, lease

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
result of a legal proceeding (American); considered conclusion after thoughtful analysis
Judgement is a stronger word than opinion.
n.
synonym for "opinion"
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available

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