Recidivism meaning

rĭ-sĭd'ə-vĭz'əm
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.

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The repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offender or type of offender.
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Habitual or chronic relapse, or tendency to relapse, esp. into crime or antisocial behavior.
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Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.

The increase in criminal activity was attributed to recidivism.

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(psychology, psychiatry) Chronic repetition of criminal or other antisocial behavior.
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Origin of recidivism

  • 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 kad- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin recidÄ«vus (“returning, recurring") (compare recidivous) +"Ž -ism.
    From Wiktionary