recidivous

adjective re·cid·i·vous \-vəs\

Definition of recidivous

  1. :  tending to relapse or having relapsed

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Origin and Etymology of recidivous

Latin recidivus, from recidere to fall back, recur (from re- + cadere to fall) + -ivus -ive — more at chance


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