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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.

Etymologies

From Latin recidīvus ("returning, recurring"), from recidō ("fall back") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Press Briefing By Dee Dee Myers

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