# Explain the term Doctrine of Lapse?

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Explain the term Doctrine of Lapse? Name the two States annexed by the British using the Doctrine of Lapse.

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The Doctrine of Lapse, introduced by Lord Dalhousie meant that when a ruler of dependent State died without a natural heir, the State passed back to the hand of English. Satara (1848). Jhansi (1853), and Nagpur (1854) were some of the States annexed by the British using the Doctrine of Lapse.