recidivist

[ rĭ-sĭdə-vĭst ]

n.

A person who relapses, especially by returning to criminal behavior.

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Example sentences from the Web for recidivist

  • But the keeping of recidivist records is only one part of the business of the Criminal Record Office.

    Scotland Yard|George Dilnot
  • The consequence is that he falls away and rejoins his old companions and soon becomes a recidivist.

    A Plea for the Criminal|James Leslie Allan Kayll