• 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."

  • 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"

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