recidivism

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Etymology[edit]

From French récidivisme, from Latin recidīvus (returning, recurring) (compare recidivous) +‎ -ism.

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recidivism (uncountable)

  1. Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.
    The increase in criminal activity was attributed to recidivism.
  2. (psychology, psychiatry) Chronic repetition of criminal or other antisocial behavior.
  3. (by extension) Returning to a negative behavior after having stopped it for a period of time.
    alcohol(ic) recidivism

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