- Recidivism is a repeated relapse, or the rate at which criminals re-offend.
When 50 percent of criminals who get out of jail are back there within a year, this is an example of a 50 percent recidivism.
recidivism definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin recidivus ; from recidere, to fall back ; from re-, back plush cadere, to fall (see case) plush -ism
recidivism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: From recidivist, one who recidivates, from French récidiviste, from récidiver, to relapse, from Medieval Latin recidīvāre, from Latin recidīvus, falling back, from recidere, to fall back : re-, re- + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
- re·cidˈi·vist noun
- re·cidˌi·visˈtic, re·cidˈi·vous adjective
recidivism - Medical Definition
- A tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, especially a pattern of criminal habits.
- The relapse of a disease or symptom. Also called recidivation.