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recidivism | recidivist | recidivate

recidivism recidivist recidivate
the tendency to re-offend
  • How to Memorize
    • recidivism - relapse
  • Analysis

    The technical term ‘recidivism’ expresses a propensity to relapse into a previous mode of behaviour or condition, especially one that is harmful, immoral, or illegal. For that reason, the word is most commonly used in relation to criminals who re-offend even after previous punishment.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsatavismregression, reversion,
    Antonymsreform, revise, rectify,
  • Example(s)
    1. The politician claimed that high recidivism rates show that the prison system is not working and needs urgent reform.

    2. You shouldn’t even consider going into business with a man like that. He is a recidivist fraudster.

    3. Rather than firing Lisa, I think you should give her a second chance. I believe she’s highly unlikely to recidivate.