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re·cid·i·vism

 (rĭ-sĭd′ə-vĭz′əm)
n.
The repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offender or type of offender.

[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; see kad- in Indo-European roots.]

re·cid′i·vist n.
re·cid′i·vis′tic, re·cid′i·vous adj.

recidivist

A person who has committed crimes in the past and shows a tendency to relapse into crime at a later date.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.recidivist - someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
2.recidivist - someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behaviorrecidivist - someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
Translations
recidivista

recidivist

[rɪˈsɪdɪvɪst] Nreincidente mf

recidivist

nRückfällige(r) mf
adjrückfällig

recidivist

[rɪˈsɪdɪvɪst] nrecidivo/a
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Imprisonment up to five years under the given article is usually applied to particularly dangerous recidivists or persons convicted for particularly serious crimes.
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Peter Smyth, chairman of the London Police Federation, said: "The temptation will be to focus on catching first-time offenders instead of recidivists who commit the majority of low level crime.
Let us remember that it is also a singular action of executive generosity which should be dispensed with great caution, taking care always to exclude recidivists and offenders who remain unrepentant," Arroyo said.
It is these ordinary people, who are struggling daily to make ends meet, who will be coughing up to subsidise the cushy lives of wrongdoers and recidivists.
What is indisputable, is that the more recidivists you incarcerate, the less crime is committed.
What is indisputable is that the more recidivists you incarcerate, the less crime is committed.
There were "no confirmed or suspected recidivists among detainees transferred during this administration, although we recognize the ongoing risk that detainees could engage in such activity," his letter said.