Recidivous - definition of recidivous by The Free Dictionary
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The repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offender or type of offender.
, one who recidivates
, from French récidiviste
, from récidiver
, to relapse
, from Medieval Latin recidīvāre
, from Latin recidīvus
, falling back
, from recidere
, to fall back
, to fall
; see kad-
in Indo-European roots
re·cid′i·vis′tic, re·cid′i·vous adj.
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210) Rather, "[t]o deter recidivous crime" it would offer "varied community service and social service sentences to offenders" which would benefit the community.
at 4 ("To deter recidivous crime, this Court does not sentence offenders to time served but offers varied community service and social service sentences to offenders which benefits the community and reduces a great amount of time and paperwork for the police.
2d at 1339 (erroneous admission of subsequently vacated prior conviction deemed not harmless under Brecht because admitted evidence "was materially inaccurate" and "helped portray Duest to the jury not only as an individual with a propensity for criminal violence, but as a recidivous
killer"); Cumbie v.