- 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. — Oxfam press release, 24 June 2002"
- To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
"He felt better for a little while, before his condition started to backslide."