recidivistic

recidivism

[ri-sid-uh-viz-uhm]
noun
1.
repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
2.
Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.

Origin:
1885–90; < Latin recidīv(us) relapsing (recid(ere) to fall back (re- re- + -cidere, combining form of cadere to fall) + -īvus -ive) + -ism

recidivist, noun, adjective
recidivistic, recidivous, adjective
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recidivism (rɪˈsɪdɪˌvɪzəm)
 
n
habitual relapse into crime
 
[C19: from Latin recidīvus falling back, from re- + cadere to fall]
 
re'cidivist
 
n, —adj
 
recidi'vistic
 
adj
 
re'cidivous
 
adj

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recidivism
1886, from recidivist + -ism.
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recidivism re·cid·i·vism (rĭ-sĭd'ə-vĭz'əm)
n.

  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.

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