[ri-sid-uh-veyt, ree-]
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Origin of recidivate

1520–30; < Medieval Latin recidivātus past participle of recidivāre to relapse. See recidivism, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper