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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

re·cid·i·vism

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

, recidivity (rĕ-sidi-vizm, -si-divi-tē)
A tendency toward recidivation.
[L. recidivus, recurring]
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(118) That the "sex offender" is an explicitly legal construct seems only to suggest to the Court that the law applies a concept to a person, but that the concept is simply right in its ascription: these people are like this--threatening, recidivistic, pathologically violent--we just hadn't come up with a name for it yet.
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This recidivistic action by Nineveh, its return to sin-filled living, may explain the essential rabbinic silence about Jonah's rude behavior in chapter four.
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