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[ri-sid-uh-veyt, ree-] /rɪˈsɪd əˌveɪt, ri-/
verb (used without object), recidivated, recidivating.
to engage in recidivism; relapse.
Origin of recidivate
1520-30; < Medieval Latin recidivātus past participle of recidivāre to relapse. See recidivism, -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On-going research has found that ex-offenders who are employed post-release are less likely to recidivate.
  • Studies have shown that the higher the at-risk environment, the more likely someone will recidivate.
  • Inmates will possess moderate to a high risk to recidivate.
  • The more frequently a defendant has been arrested for a drug offense, the more likely he or she is to recidivate.
  • Hubbard posed to the community as a result of his likelihood to recidivate.
  • Disabled youths are arrested, adjudicated, and recidivate at higher rates than their nondisabled peers.
  • In addition, he conceded that his doctors considered him to be at a high risk to recidivate.
Word Origin and History for recidivate

"fall back; relapse," 1520s, from Medieval Latin recidivatus, past participle of recidivare "to relapse" (see recidivist). Related: Recidivated; recidivating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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