Recidivist Re*cid"i*vist (r[-e]*s[i^]d"[i^]*v[i^]st), n. One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an incorrigible criminal. -- {Re*cid`i*vis"tic} (r[-e]*s[i^]d`[i^]*v[i^]s"t[i^]k), a. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The criminal by passion never becomes a recidivist, it is the social, not the antisocial, instincts that are strong within him, his crime is a solitary event in his life. --Havelock Ellis. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • recidivist — re·cid·i·vist /ri si də vist/ n: an habitual criminal recidivist adj re·cid·i·vis·tic /ri ˌsi də vis tik/ adj Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • recidivist — recidivist, recidivism Any person who is convicted of a crime on more than one occasion; a person who re offends. Recidivism is usually measured in relation to the type of last sentence or last offence, as percentages re offending, or reconvicted …   Dictionary of sociology

  • recidivist — (n.) relapsed criminal, 1863, from Fr. récidiviste, from récidiver to fall back, relapse, from M.L. recidivare to relapse into sin, from L. recidivus falling back, from recidere fall back, from re back, again (see RE (Cf. re )) + comb. form of …   Etymology dictionary

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  • recidivist — ► NOUN ▪ a convicted criminal who reoffends. DERIVATIVES recidivism noun. ORIGIN French récidiviste, from Latin recidere fall back …   English terms dictionary

  • recidivist — UK [rɪˈsɪdəvɪst] / US noun [countable] Word forms recidivist : singular recidivist plural recidivists very formal someone who continues to commit crimes or behave badly even after being punished Derived word: recidivism noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • recidivist — noun Etymology: 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 Date: 1880 one who relapses;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • recidivist — A person who tends toward recidivation. * * * re·cid·i·vist vəst n one who relapses into a previous behavior or condition esp a habitual criminal recidivist adj re·cid·i·vis·tic .sid ə vis tik adj * * * re·cid·i·vist (re sidґĭ vist) [Fr.… …   Medical dictionary

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