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Meaning of RECIDIVIST

Pronunciation:  ree'sidivist

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
  2. [n]  someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
 

RECIDIVIST is a 10 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: backslider, habitual criminal, repeater, reversionist
 
 See Also: criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, offender, outlaw, wrongdoer

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Re*cid"i*vist\, n.
One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an
incorrigible criminal. -- {Re*cid`i*vis"tic}, a.

      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.

 

 

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