recidivist

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noun re·cid·i·vist \-vist\

Definition of recidivist

  1. :  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

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noun

Definition of recidivist for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

recidivist

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noun re·cid·i·vist \-vəst\

Medical Definition of recidivist

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

recidivist

adjective

recidivistic

\-ˌsid-ə-ˈvis-tik\play adjective

Law Dictionary

recidivist

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noun re·cid·i·vist \ri-ˈsi-də-vist\

Legal Definition of recidivist

  1. :  an habitual criminal

recidivist

adjective

recidivistic

\ri-ˌsi-də-ˈvis-tik\ play adjective

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