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[ri-sid-uh-veyt, ree-]
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verb (used without object), re·cid·i·vat·ed, re·cid·i·vat·ing.
  1. to engage in recidivism; relapse.
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Origin of recidivate

1520–30; < Medieval Latin recidivātus past participle of recidivāre to relapse. See recidivism, -ate1
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Word Origin and History for recidivate


"fall back; relapse," 1520s, from Medieval Latin recidivatus, past participle of recidivare "to relapse" (see recidivist). Related: Recidivated; recidivating.

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