From Latin recidīvus (“returning, recurring”), from recidō (“fall back”)
recidivous (comparative more recidivous, superlative most recidivous)
- Prone to relapse into immoral or antisocial behavior.
- 1970, Hugo Adolf Bernatzik, Akha and Miao, p 336 :
- Recidivous thieves, on the other hand, must expect corporal punishment, which is meted out in addition to fines in money or goods.
- Recurring (of a disease or another medical problem).
- 2002, F. Hagenmüller, M. P. Manns, H. G. Musmann, Medical Imaging in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, p 72 
- In principle, resection of liver metastases is indicated when an extrahepatic recidivous occurrence or a second tumour is excluded.