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Meaning of recidivism

re•cid•i•vism

Pronunciation: (ri-sid'u-viz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.
  2. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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