[ri-sid-uh-viz-uh m] /rɪˈsɪd əˌvɪz əm/

repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
habitual relapse into crime

“habit of relapsing” (into crime), 1882, from recidivist + -ism, modeled on French récidivisme, from récidiver.

recidivism re·cid·i·vism (rĭ-sĭd’ə-vĭz’əm)

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