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recidivism

[ri-sid-uh-viz-uh m]
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noun
  1. repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
  2. Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
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Origin of recidivism

1885–90; < Latin recidīv(us) relapsing (recid(ere) to fall back (re- re- + -cidere, combining form of cadere to fall) + -īvus -ive) + -ism
Related formsre·cid·i·vist, noun, adjectivere·cid·i·vis·tic, re·cid·i·vous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recidivous

recidivism

noun
  1. habitual relapse into crime
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Derived Formsrecidivist, noun, adjectiverecidivistic or recidivous, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin recidīvus falling back, from re- + cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for recidivous

recidivism

n.

"habit of relapsing" (into crime), 1882, from recidivist + -ism, modeled on French récidivisme, from récidiver.

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recidivous in Medicine

recidivism

(rĭ-sĭdə-vĭz′əm)
n.
  1. A tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, especially a pattern of criminal habits.
  2. The relapse of a disease or symptom.recidivation
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