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recidivist Syllabification: re·cid·i·vist
Pronunciation: /rəˈsidəvəst/

Definition of recidivist in English:


A convicted criminal who reoffends, especially repeatedly.
Example sentences
  • Only a handful of recidivists and unrepentant individuals convicted of major crimes against the faith were put to death.
  • Most people convicted of driving while disqualified are recidivists.
  • Keep quiet about the 4,000 recidivists who run city streets, committing crimes with increasing bravado and little fear of punishment.


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Denoting a person who repeatedly reoffends: recidivist male prisoners women are rarely recidivist
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  • Firstly, this Government passed the Sentencing Act 2002, which states that a recidivist child sex offender can receive preventive detention and be locked up, if necessary, for life.
  • There are very good organisations like Safe Network in Auckland, run by John McCarthy, which deals with trying to rehabilitate and run programmes for recidivist sex offenders.
  • In conclusion, the main change that this bill introduces is the power to place recidivist child sex offenders under extended supervision for up to 10 years.


Late 19th century: from French récidiviste, from récidiver 'fall back', based on Latin recidivus 'falling back', from the verb recidere, from re- 'back' + cadere 'to fall'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌvizəm/
Example sentences
  • The causes of recidivism among sex offenders are complex.
  • These criteria are intended to identify programs that are likely to have an effect on reducing criminal recidivism.
  • The police do have the right to pay periodic visits on released sex offenders, in order to help keep recidivism in check.


Pronunciation: /riˌsidəˈvistik/
Example sentences
  • The drug courts should be working with the more recidivistic group of people and less with the first-time offender.
  • Although cruelty to animals seems to hold potential as a predictor of recidivistic firesetting, it is most likely an externalizing behavior that correlates highly with delinquency.
  • The same may hold true for recidivistic drug usage.

Words that rhyme with recidivist

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