verb (backslides, backsliding, backslid)
Etymology: From back + slide
- To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
- He felt better for a little while, before his condition started to .
- To shirk responsibility; to renege on one's obligations or commitments.
- Rich countries are backsliding on their commitment to agree to new WTO measures to help people in poor countries gain access to affordable medicines. — http://www.oxfamamerica.org/newsandpublications/press_releases/archive2002/art2794.html Oxfam press release, 24 June 2002
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