from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Prone to relapse into immoral or antisocial behavior.
- adj. Recurring (of a disease or another medical problem).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending or liable to backslide or relapse to a former condition or habit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Liable to backslide to a former state.
From Latin recidīvus ("returning, recurring"), from recidō ("fall back") (Wiktionary)
Now, specifically how that is structured -- I mean, what the President has said is that he would like to see it structured narrowly enough so that it does target the 9 percent of recidivous* criminals who commit 70 percent of the violent crimes.