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Noun: backsliding  'bak,slI-ding
  1. A failure to maintain a higher state
    - lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting
Verb: backslide (backslid,backslidden)  'bak,slId
  1. Drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    "Conservatives worry about McCain's backslide on immigration";
    - lapse

Derived forms: backslidings

Type of: drop away, drop off, failure, fall away, slip

Encyclopedia: Backsliding