recidivate

intransitive verb
re·​cid·​i·​vate | \ ri-ˈsi-də-ˌvāt\
recidivated; recidivating

Legal Definition of recidivate

: to return to criminal activity

History and Etymology for recidivate

Medieval Latin recidivatus, past participle of recidivare to fall back, relapse, from Latin recidivus falling back, recurring

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