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relapse

  

      vb   intr  
1    to lapse back into a former state or condition, esp. one involving bad habits  
2    to become ill again after apparent recovery  
      n  
3    the act or an instance of relapsing  
4    the return of ill health after an apparent or partial recovery  
     (C16: from Latin relabi to slip back, from re- + labi to slip, slide)  
  relapser      n  
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relapse

  

      vb  
1    backslide, degenerate, fail, fall back, lapse, regress, retrogress, revert, slip back, weaken  
2    deteriorate, fade, fail, sicken, sink, weaken, worsen  
      n  
3    backsliding, fall from grace, lapse, recidivism, regression, retrogression, reversion  
4    deterioration, recurrence, setback, turn for the worse, weakening, worsening  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb  
2    get better, improve, rally, recover  
      n  
4    improvement, rally, recovery, turn for the better  

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See also:

relapser, resale, relate, release

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