lapse
lapse 1 /'laps/ n: a termination or failure due to events, neglect, or time: as
a: the failure of a bequest (as because the intended recipient dies before the testator) compare anti-lapse statute
b: the termination of an insurance policy because of nonpayment of premiums or nonrenewal
lapse 2 vb lapsed, laps·ing
vi: to terminate, become ineffective, or fail
the bequest lapsed when the son died before the father
allowed the insurance policy to lapse
vt: to cause (as a policy) to lapse
the company lapsed the policy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

lapse
I (break) noun fuga, hiatus, interlude, interruption, lull, pause, recess associated concepts: devise, lapsed, legacy II (expiration) noun decline, default, delinquency, dereliction, error, error, expiry, failure, inconstancy, lapsus, misdeed, misstep, mistake, negligence, peccatum, recreancy, regression, relapse, retrogradation, retrogression, reversion, secession, shortcoming, slip, termination associated concepts: lapsed bequest, lapsed devise, lapsed legacy, lapsed license, lapsed policy III (cease) verb abate, become forfeit, become void, come to an end, complete, conclude, discontinue, end, expire, pass to another, relinquish, reverti, run out, stop, terminate foreign phrases:
- Accusator post rationabile tempus non est audiendus, nisi se bene de omissione excusaverk. — An accuser ought not to be heard after the lapse of a reasonable time, unless he can account satisfactorily for his delay
IV (fall into error) verb be at fault, commit an error, deviate from the proper path, deviate from virtue, do wrong, err, errare, fail, fall from grace, go astray, go awry, misbehave, misstep, peccare, slip, slip from virtue, stray, transgress, trespass, weaken V index abeyance, cease, cessation (interlude), cloture, decline (fall), default, degenerate, descent (declination) deteriorate, error, expire, halt, hiatus, interval, misdeed, nonpayment, oversight (carelessness), pendency, recrudescence, relapse, remission, respite (interval of rest), revert, stop, subside

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


lapse
n.
The expiration of a right or privilege due to failure to exercise it or otherwise maintain it; the end of a legacy or right due to the death of the person who held it or to the expiration of a specified period of time; failure of a bequest or testamentary gift; the termination of an insurance policy if the policyholder does not pay the premium.
v.
lapse

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


lapse
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have antilapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


lapse
n. The termination or expiration of a right because it has not been exercised or because of the occurrence or nonoccurrence of some contingency.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


lapse
The termination or failure of a right or privilege because of a neglect to exercise that right or to perform some duty within a time limit, or because a specified contingency did not occur.
The expiration of coverage under an insurance policy because of the insured's failure to pay the premium.
The common-law principle that a gift in a will does not take effect but passes into the estate remaining after the payment of debts and particular gifts, if the beneficiary is alive when the will is executed but subsequently predeceases the testator.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


lapse
The termination or failure of a right or privilege because of a neglect to exercise that right or to perform some duty within a time limit, or because a specified contingency did not occur.
 
The expiration of coverage under an insurance policy because of the insured's failure to pay the premium.
 
The common-law principle that a gift in a will does not take effect but passes into the estate remaining after the payment of debts and particular gifts, if the beneficiary is alive when the will is executed but subsequently predeceases the testator.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

lapse
   1) v. to fail to occur, particularly a gift made in a will.
   2) v. to become non-operative.
   3) n. the termination of a gift made by will or for future distribution from a trust, caused by the death of the person to whom the gift was intended (the beneficiary, legatee, devisee) prior to the death of the person making the will or creating the trust (the testator, trustor or settlor).
   See also: beneficiary, devisee, legatee, trust, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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