Definition of recidivism
: a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially : relapse into criminal behavior
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Recent Examples of recidivism from the Web
Meanwhile, multiple recent studies suggest recidivism rates seem to decline among the elderly.
That’s the aim of a new Carnegie Hall outreach program, which has dispatched its renowned teachers across the state in hopes of curbing recidivism rates through music.
And some courts are using new algorithms to reduce recidivism.
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Recidivism means literally "a falling back" and usually implies "into bad habits." It comes from the Latin word recidivus, which means "recurring." "Recidivus" itself came from the Latin verb recidere, which is a composite of the prefix re- and the verb "cadere" (meaning "to fall") and means "to fall back." "Recidivists" tend to relapse, or "fall back," into old habits and particularly crime. "Deciduous" and "incident" are two other English words that have roots in "cadere." "Deciduous" comes from the verb "decidere" (de- plus cadere), which means "to fall off." And "incident" comes from "incidere" ("in" plus "cadere"), which means "to fall into."
First Known Use of recidivism
Medical Definition of recidivism
: a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior high recidivism rates after cessation of smoking—A. E. Kazdin et al
Legal Definition of recidivism
: relapse into criminal behavior
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