recidivism

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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.

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