Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over


[ri-sid-uh-viz-uh m] /rɪˈsɪd əˌvɪz əm/
repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
Origin of recidivism
1885-90; < Latin recidīv(us) relapsing (recid(ere) to fall back (re- re- + -cidere, combining form of cadere to fall) + -īvus -ive) + -ism
Related forms
recidivist, noun, adjective
recidivistic, recidivous, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for recidivism
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In time we have come to realize that our punitive methods not only do not tend to do away with recidivism, but enhance it.

  • Every psychologist will tell you that past violent behaviour is the best predictor of future recidivism.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Some part of the recidivism here is undoubtedly due to the kind of occupations which a child can carry on while attending school.

    Child Labor in City Streets Edward Nicholas Clopper
  • Their recidivism is not due to an inability to distinguish between right and wrong.

  • The foregoing cases, while distinctly abnormal mentally, owe their recidivism to a qualitative rather than a quantitative defect.

British Dictionary definitions for recidivism


habitual relapse into crime
Derived Forms
recidivist, noun, adjective
recidivistic, recidivous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin recidīvus falling back, from re- + cadere to fall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for recidivism

"habit of relapsing" (into crime), 1882, from recidivist + -ism, modeled on French récidivisme, from récidiver.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
recidivism in Medicine

recidivism re·cid·i·vism (rĭ-sĭd'ə-vĭz'əm)

  1. A tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, especially a pattern of criminal habits.

  2. The relapse of a disease or symptom. Also called recidivation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for recidivism

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for recidivism

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for recidivism