Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In French law, a relapsed criminal; one who falls back into the same criminal course for which he has already been condemned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an incorrigible criminal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who falls back into prior habits, especially criminal habits; a repeat offender.

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

  • noun someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
  • noun someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior

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Examples

  • I must admit to certain recidivist tendencies where the Guardian is concerned.

    Guardian Defends BBC shock !

  • A Porirua man described as a recidivist paua thief has been jailed for 12 months on charges relating to poaching on the west coast of Wellington.

    Radio New Zealand News Headlines

  • I mean the Germans aren't really villains unless you're some kind of recidivist football fan banned from every league ground in Europe, and what's more this song is sung by a German.

    Readers recommend: songs about hats

  • Some counter-terrorism experts have raised questions about the significance of the Pentagon's figures, noting that the number of so-called "recidivist" detainees represents only a small portion, about 12 percent, of the approximately 520 detainees who have been released from Guantanamo since the detention facility was opened in January 2002.

    Safe To Release?

  • Some counter-terrorism experts, the magazine said, have raised questions about the significance of the Pentagon's figures, noting that the number of so-called "recidivist" detainees represents only a small portion, about 12 per cent, of the approximately 520 detainees who have been released from Guantanamo since the detention facility was opened in January 2002.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • Human Rights Watch claims in a press release that at least one "recidivist" GTMO detainee counted in the Pentagon’s "recidivism" report confessed to his post-GTMO crimes after they were beaten out of him:

    Forced Confessions and ‘Recidivism’ | ATTACKERMAN

  • Another thought; most convicted felons of a recidivist nature don't care whether it is legal or not to possess a firearm.

    Should Felons Hunt?

  • Another thought; most convicted felons of a recidivist nature don't care whether it is legal or not to possess a firearm.

    Should Felons Hunt?

  • More pedantry … my understanding is that the pet name for a recalcitrant recidivist is “scrote” (for “scrotum”) rather than “scroat”.

    Cross & Rude « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Oh good – mobile tea tantrums for the recidivist right. rr

    'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care

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