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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tendency to recidivate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.
  • n. Chronic repetition of criminal or other antisocial behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being recidivous; relapse

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Relapse into crime; the conduct or condition of a recidivist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. habitual relapse into crime

Etymologies

From recidivist, one who recidivates, from French récidiviste, from récidiver, to relapse, from Medieval Latin recidīvāre, from Latin recidīvus, falling back, from recidere, to fall back : re-, re- + cadere, to fall.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.

    March 18, 2009