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 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.