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Synonyms for relapse
rɪˈlæps; ˈri læps

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting(verb)

    a failure to maintain a higher state

    reversal, atavism, lapse, oversight, turnaround, relapsing, regress, backsliding, lapsing, throwback, regression, turnabout, reverse, reverting, retrogression, reversion, retroversion

  2. get worse, relapse(verb)

    deteriorate in health

    "he relapsed"

    retrogress, get worse, recidivate, regress, lapse, fall back

  3. relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back(verb)

    go back to bad behavior

    "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

    go along, lapse, slip away, recidivate, backslide, retrogress, lag, retrovert, regress, elapse, dawdle, revert, fall back, fall behind, sink, lose, glide by, retrograde, resort, pass, return, slide by, recede, drop off, slip by, go by, get worse, recur, turn back

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. relapse

    check, decline, delay, falling back, falling off, retrogression, stay, stop, stoppage

    advance, advancement, attainment, development, growth, improvement, increase, proficiency, progress, progression

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. relapse(v)

    retrogress, recede, deteriorate

    recover, amend, progress, advance, improve

  2. relapse(n)

    falling back, retrogression, returning to a former state

    recovery, return, improvement

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. relapse(v. n.)

    fall back, return to a former state (especially a bad state)

  2. relapse(n.)

    falling back, return to a former state (especially a bad state)

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    relapsed, recurrence, recidivism, backsliding, setback, re-offending, slip, reoffending

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

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How to use relapse in a sentence?

  1. Shelly Flagel:

    Often, the reason we study this type of learning process is to help us better understand addiction, and the biggest problem with addiction is relapse, when you see this biological correlation between those who are and those who are not able to resist something, you can build on that.

  2. Richard Davidson:

    Depression is a recurrent illness, relapse is a very significant problem with depression, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be particularly valuable in reducing the risk of relapse.

  3. Pat Sajak:

    I was back from my surgery last week and had a wonderful time on the show, but I'm not going to be here this week, it's not that I've had a relapse. It's just because of the technicalities of the taping order and all of that. So, you're gon na see Vanna( White) doing her Pat impression here ; she does a great job. And we have a special letter-toucher, so pay attention.

  4. Celia Morgan:

    Ketamine is a well-tolerated drug and can help alleviate the symptoms of depression, with a pilot study suggesting that it could cut alcohol relapse rates by more than half, this trial will allow us to examine whether ketamine, combined with therapy, can indeed help people stay abstinent from alcohol.

  5. George Greer:

    Additionally, a small portion of people have histories of psychotic or manic episodes, and psilocybin could worsen those conditions or trigger a relapse.

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