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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.
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The newsletter assured community members that unlike the downtown court, the Community Court would not be sentencing offenders to "time served." (210) Rather, "[t]o deter recidivous crime" it would offer "varied community service and social service sentences to offenders" which would benefit the community.
1993) (jurors' acquisition of extra-record information about defendant's "prior conviction [of crime] similar to the charge at issue" could not be deemed harmless, given the "|highly inflammatory' effect that knowledge of substantially similar bad acts has upon the jury"); Duest, 997 F.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.