Meaning of Lapse

What is Lapse:

As a period, the time elapsed between two moments or limits is called. It is used to designate the interval of time that is necessary for a cycle to be completed or performed, or in reference to how long something can last.

A period, on the other hand, does not have a fixed duration, but can cover practically any period of time. Thus, a period is synonymous with an interval, period, space, course or term.

For example: "In a span of five years the word war was never mentioned in the press." "At five I finish work and at seven I have to be at the university, in that period of time we can meet."

On the other hand, the use of the expression “time lapse” is frequent, which in itself is redundant, however it is admissible: “During that period of time they were not able to solve the problem”.

The word lapse, as such, comes from Latin slip, which means' slip 'or fall'. Hence, one of its meanings refers to the fall into an error or mistake.

Lapse in law

In the field of law, the period is the established legal period of time that must elapse for a legal effect to occur, that is, for a right to begin or expire.

Thus, a period may be, for example, peremptory, which is one that, when extinguished, consequently implies the expiration of the procedural power.

Likewise, we can talk about the evidentiary period, which is the period of time established for the evidence of a trial to be collected and presented.

Lapse or lapse?

A lapse is the time elapsed between two specific points or moments, while a lapse is a mistake or a mistake that we make when we do not pay enough attention to what we do.

Although they have the same etymological origin, it is convenient to avoid confusion when using one or the other. Thus, for example, it will not be correct to say: "I have waited a sufficient lapse of time", but rather: "I have waited a sufficient period of time".

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