[ ri-sid-uh-viz-uh m ]
/ rɪˈsɪd əˌvɪz əm /
repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
Origin of recidivism
Related formsre·cid·i·vist, noun, adjectivere·cid·i·vis·tic, re·cid·i·vous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recidivist
/ (rɪˈsɪdɪˌvɪzəm) /
habitual relapse into crime
Derived Formsrecidivist, noun, adjectiverecidivistic or recidivous, adjective
Word Origin for recidivism
C19: from Latin recidīvus falling back, from re- + cadere to fall
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Medicine definitions for recidivist (1 of 2)
[ rĭ-sĭd′ə-vĭst ]
A person who relapses, especially by returning to criminal behavior.
Medicine definitions for recidivist (2 of 2)
[ rĭ-sĭd′ə-vĭz′əm ]
A tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, especially a pattern of criminal habits.
The relapse of a disease or symptom.recidivation
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