Simple Definition of recidivist
: a person who continues to commit crimes even after being caught and punished
Full Definition of recidivist
: one who relapses; specifically : a habitual criminal
Origin of recidivist
French récidiviste, from récidiver to relapse, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin recidivare, from Latin recidivus recurring, from recidere to fall back, from re- + cadere to fall — more at chance
First Known Use: 1880
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