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recidivism

 [re-sid´ĭ-vizm]
a tendency to relapse into a previous condition, disease, or pattern of behavior, particularly a return to criminal behavior.

re·cid·i·vism

(rē-sid'i-vizm),
The tendency of a person toward recidivation.
[L. recidivus, recurring]

recidivism

/re·cid·i·vism/ (re-sid´ĭ-vizm) a tendency to relapse, particularly a return to criminal behavior.

recidivism (recid)

[risid′iviz′əm]
Etymology: L, recidivus, falling back
a tendency by an ill person to relapse or return to a hospital.

re·cid·i·vism

, recidivity (rĕ-sidi-vizm, -si-divi-tē)
A tendency toward recidivation.
[L. recidivus, recurring]

recidivism (rəsid´əviz´əm),

n 1. the tendency for an ill person to relapse or return to the hospital.
n 2. the return to a life of crime after a conviction and sentence.
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We had asked all the police stations to provide a list of habitual criminals and history- sheeters.
Under the state's habitual criminal law, a person accused of a felony who has previously been twice convicted of a crime and sentenced to at least three years in prison must receive the maximum allowable sentence if found guilty of the new charge.
A judge said she was not a habitual criminal and saw real potential in her as she pursued an engineering career.
Nor have their feelings been assuaged by the fact that the second burglar Martin shot that night, an habitual criminal called Brendan Fearon, has applied for legal aid to sue him for damages.
A HABITUAL criminal has been sentenced to life imprisonment after two police officers were held at gunpoint in a Cheshire country lane.
Nick is a habitual criminal, Pam is a drugs mule who seems to prefer life behind bars.
Ocasio was indicted as a habitual criminal, having twice been convicted of felonies and sentenced to a minimum of three years' imprisonment.
He also described the teenager as "an habitual criminal and vicious individual" with "no prospects of changing his behaviour".
A HABITUAL criminal who committed a vicious cashpoint robbery on a man whom he beat with a pool cue failed to get his nine-year sentence cut on appeal yesterday.
Judge William Gaskell told him: ``You are an habitual criminal and frankly it is not up to you to decide wether you find the course useful or not.
In the past, the LAPD has been as incapable of self-reform as is a prosperous habitual criminal.
Jonathan Libby, 27, also of Charlestown, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon as a habitual criminal, three counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury as a habitual criminal, and conspiracy.