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1. repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
2. Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
a repeated offender of grand theft auto and drug user, ---- is one example of recidivism, he has repeated and fallen back to his old ways.
av ca619 26 maj 2007

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When a parolee does not check in with his parole officer or abide by the conditions of his parole and is sent back to prison over and over as a result.
Johnny has been incarcerated five times in five years this is called recidivism.
av Jamie Pheloney 9 april 2005

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