recidivist

noun re·cid·i·vist \ -vist \

Definition of recidivist

:one who relapses; specifically :a habitual criminal

recidivist

adjective

recidivistic

play \-ˌsi-də-ˈvis-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology 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


RECIDIVIST Defined for English Language Learners

recidivist

noun

Definition of recidivist for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

recidivist

noun re·cid·i·vist \ -vəst \

medical Definition of recidivist

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

recidivist

adjective

recidivistic

play \-ˌsid-ə-ˈvis-tik\ adjective

Law Dictionary

recidivist

noun re·cid·i·vist \ ri-ˈsi-də-vist \

legal Definition of recidivist

:an habitual criminal

recidivist

adjective

recidivistic

play \ri-ˌsi-də-ˈvis-tik\ adjective

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