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backslider

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. We've tried to help her quit smoking, but she's a bit of a backslider. Jimmy's too much of a backslider to stay true to the practices of the church.
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The worldwide protests also sent a powerful message to all nuclear powers not to backslide on nuclear arms control efforts.
Suspicions linger of the former Texas Democrat who could backslide - "Debbie Does the Great Society?" The lack of enthusiasm for Gramm indicates he could have been right - he may be too ugly to be President.
Recent concerns about a core pricing backslide in Q4, along with broader market volatility, has provided an opportunity to re-enter the stock, Wetherbee tells investors in a research note.
Calling himself the country's salesman in chief, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday told retailers from the Asia-Pacific region that the Philippines could not allow itself to backslide and instead must fast-forward towards progress and development.
However, now, two psychologists from the University of California at Berkeley have claimed that if both partners are equally pleased about a pregnancy - and careful not to backslide into traditional gender roles - most couples are satisfied in their relationship, reports the Daily Telegraph.
She reiterated her hope to meet with Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of the military regime during the visit and added, ''I will urge (the nation) not to let democratization backslide.''
The only significant relationship found was a negative relationship between population and propensity to backslide; that is to say larger states were less likely to backslide during the study period.
What can we do to assure that our residents do not backslide, especially after therapy has worked with them?
Even the most widely admired programs have high relapse rates, and most first-timers appear to backslide no matter which program they enter.
Could he have had such a backslide in the understanding of anatomy and in the treatment of the human figure?
A NAFTA nightmare, a game of hide-and-go-seek on the striker-replacement bill, and a major Clinton backslide on his promise to raise the minimum wage.
economy and Japan's possible backslide into recession will have on the entire region, among other things, the source said.
But this inching forward could easily turn into a backslide. Top air force officials, faced with tremendous space constraints in the small, single-engine F-16s, have argued to defense procurement officials that no other insulation is compact enough to replace Kapton.