Definitions for: Recidivism

[n] habitual relapse into crime

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*cid"i*vism, n.
The state or quality of being recidivous; relapse, specif.
(Criminology), a falling back or relapse into prior criminal
habits, esp. after conviction and punishment.

The old English system of recognizances, in which the
guilty party deposits a sum of money, is an excellent
guarantee to society against recidivism. --Havelock

See Also: backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting

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