recidivist

noun
re·​cid·​i·​vist | \ ri-ˈsi-də-vist How to pronounce recidivist (audio) \

Definition of recidivist

: one who relapses specifically : a habitual criminal

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Other Words from recidivist

recidivist adjective
recidivistic \ ri-​ˌsi-​də-​ˈvi-​stik How to pronounce recidivistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of recidivist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors say the images included clear depictions of child pornography and bestiality and show that Nader is a lifelong recidivist. Washington Post, "Mueller report witness gets 10 years on child sex charges," 26 June 2020 While none of them is a BoJack-level recidivist, the friends who’ve helped to prop him up over the years have self-sabotaging patterns of their own. Judy Berman, Time, "How BoJack Horseman's Brilliant Series Finale Subverts the Typical Hollywood Ending," 30 Jan. 2020 Forgiveness for recidivists is found outside show business, too. The Economist, "Buttonwood The perils and rewards of economies in rehab," 5 Dec. 2019 The problem for Schiff, a former prosecutor, was that Trump was an unrepentant recidivist, a President who was going to keep abusing his office as long as he was allowed to do so. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "“I’ve Never Seen Evidence So Clear”: Inside the House Effort to Draft Articles of Impeachment," 25 Nov. 2019 There were 67 total transit recidivist arrests in the first quarter of 2019, according to the MTA’s Transit Recidivism Report, which was discussed at Monday’s meeting. Alexa St. John, WSJ, "MTA Board Considers Banning Repeat Transit Criminals From Subway," 24 June 2019 Jarvis Taylor had three prior felony convictions, leading the DA’s office to charge him under Georgia’s recidivist law. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Georgia juries are left in the dark when it comes to punishment," 8 June 2018 The ProPublica analysis of 7,000 individuals arrested in Broward Country, Florida revealed that this risk assessment tool wrongly identified African-American defendants as potential recidivists at improperly high rates. Peter J. Beshar, Fortune, "Commentary: Atlanta’s Cyber Attack Shows the New Security Risks the U.S. Needs to Address—and Fast," 28 Mar. 2018 The government evaluates each case individually and reserves the right to take action against the low-priority misconduct in appropriate cases — for example, in a case involving a recidivist offender or an otherwise hardcore criminal. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "DACA: Trump Does the Full Obama on Prosecutorial Discretion," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of recidivist

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recidivist

borrowed from French récidiviste, from récidiver "to reappear (of a disease, tumor, etc.), do over, commit a second criminal offense" (going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin recidīvāre "to relapse into sin or crime") + -iste -ist entry 1 — more at recidivate

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“Recidivist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recidivist. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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recidivist

noun
How to pronounce recidivist (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recidivist

formal : a person who continues to commit crimes even after being caught and punished

recidivist

noun
re·​cid·​i·​vist | \ -vəst How to pronounce recidivist (audio) \

Medical Definition of recidivist

: one who relapses into a previous behavior or condition especially : a habitual criminal

Other Words from recidivist

recidivist adjective
recidivistic \ -​ˌsid-​ə-​ˈvis-​tik How to pronounce recidivistic (audio) \ adjective

recidivist

noun
re·​cid·​i·​vist | \ ri-ˈsi-də-vist How to pronounce recidivist (audio) \

Legal Definition of recidivist

: an habitual criminal

Other Words from recidivist

recidivist adjective
recidivistic \ ri-​ˌsi-​də-​ˈvis-​tik How to pronounce recidivistic (audio) \ adjective

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