repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
Origin of recidivism
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habitual relapse into crime
Word Origin for recidivism
C19: from Latin recidīvus falling back, from re- + cadere to fall
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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