- 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.
Origin of recidivism; from Classical Latin recidivus ; from recidere, to fall back ; from re-, back + cadere, to fall (see case) + -ism
Origin of recidivismFrom 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·cid′i·vis′tic, re·cid′i·vous