Recidivism Definition

The repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offender or type of offender.
American Heritage
Habitual or chronic relapse, or tendency to relapse, esp. into crime or antisocial behavior.
Webster's New World

Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.

The increase in criminal activity was attributed to 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.

    From Wiktionary

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