Recidivous Re*cid"i*vous (r[-e]*s[i^]d"[i^]*v[u^]s), a. [L. recidivus, fr. recidere to fall back.] Tending or liable to backslide or relapse to a former condition or habit. [1913 Webster]

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  • recidivous — See recidivist. * * * …   Universalium

  • recidivous — re cid·i·vous || rɪ sɪdɪvÉ™s adj. relapsing into a previous condition, regressing into an earlier state (esp. into a life of crime) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recidivous — re·cid·i·vous …   English syllables

  • recidivous — vəs adjective Etymology: Latin recidivus, from recidere to fall back, recur (from re + cadere to fall) + ivus ive more at chance : tending to relapse or having relapsed …   Useful english dictionary

  • re|cid|i|vis|tic — «rih SIHD uh VIHS tihk», adjective. = recidivous. (Cf. ↑recidivous) …   Useful english dictionary

  • re|cid|i|vist — «rih SIHD uh vihst», noun, adjective. –n. a person who relapses, especially a habitual criminal: »Major Lloyd George…described the recidivist, or persistent offender, as “the central problem of any penal system” (London Times). –adj. of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Recidivate — Re*cid i*vate (r[ e]*s[i^]d [i^]*v[=a]t), v. i. [LL. recidivare. See {Recidivous}.] To backslide; to fall again. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Recidivism — Re*cid i*vism (r[ e]*s[i^]d [i^]*v[i^]z m), n. The state or quality of being recidivous; relapse, specif. (Criminology), a falling back or relapse into prior criminal habits, esp. after conviction and punishment. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] The old… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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