Recidivism is a repeated relapse, or the rate at which criminals re-offend.(noun)
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.
See recidivism in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L recidivus < recidere, to fall back < re-, back + cadere, to fall (see case) + -ism
See recidivism in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From recidivist, one who recidivates
Origin: , from French récidiviste
Origin: , from récidiver, to relapse
Origin: , from Medieval Latin recidīvāre
Origin: , from Latin recidīvus, falling back
Origin: , from recidere, to fall back
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
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