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 recid&imacron;vare, from Latin recid&imacron;vus, 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
From Latin recidÄ«vus (“returning, recurring") (compare recidivous) +"Ž -ism.