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Meaning of RECIDIVISM

Pronunciation:  ri'sidu`vizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  habitual relapse into crime
 

RECIDIVISM is a 10 letter word that starts with R.

 

 See Also: backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Re*cid"i*vism\, 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.

      The old English system of recognizances, in which the
      guilty party deposits a sum of money, is an excellent
      guarantee to society against recidivism. --Havelock
                                               Ellis.

 

 

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