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Definitions for recidivism
rɪˈsɪd əˌvɪz əmre·cidi·vism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recidivismnoun

    habitual relapse into crime


  1. recidivismnoun

    Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.

    The increase in criminal activity was attributed to recidivism.

  2. recidivismnoun

    Chronic repetition of criminal or other antisocial behavior.


  1. recidivism

    Recidivism is the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend or relapse into criminal behavior, often after receiving sanctions or undergoing intervention for a previous crime. It often refers to the rate at which former prisoners are arrested, convicted, or return to prison within a certain time period following their release.


  1. Recidivism

    Recidivism is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they have either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or have been treated or trained to extinguish that behavior. It is also used to refer to the percentage of former prisoners who are rearrested. The term is most frequently used in conjunction with criminal behavior and substance abuse. For example, scientific literature may refer to the recidivism of sexual offenders, meaning the frequency with which they are detected or apprehended committing additional sexual crimes after being released from prison for similar crimes. Criminal recidivism is highly correlated with psychopathy. The psychopath is defined by an uninhibited gratification in criminal, sexual, or aggressive impulses and the inability to learn from past mistakes. Individuals with this disorder gain satisfaction through their antisocial behavior and lack remorse for their actions. To be counted as recidivism, the re-offending requires voluntary disclosure of arrest and conviction, so the real recidivism rate may differ substantially from reported rates. As another example, alcoholic recidivism might refer to the proportion of people who, after successful treatment, report having, or are determined to have, returned to the abuse of alcohol.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recidivism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recidivism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of recidivism in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Mauro:

    Current arguments over terrorist recidivism upon release from Gitmo focus vary based on what it means to ‘rejoin’ the terrorist cause, the rate is lower if you only consider those who went back to physical fighting and it is higher if you include those who rejoined terrorist groups. But we often miss another factor: What about those who use their rock star status to radicalize without engaging in violence? We must remember this is an ideological war.

  2. Alex Padilla:

    If we are serious about slowing the revolving door at our jails and prisons, and serious about reducing recidivism, we need to engage - not shun - former-offenders, voting is a key part of that engagement.

  3. Clifford Villalon:

    People lie and cheat whenever and wherever there are opportunities. And from these opportunities supervenes recidivism.

  4. John Fetterman:

    I always want to err on the side of mercy, juvenile lifers released by a Supreme Court decision, the recidivism rate was less than 1%. That's a remarkable statistic. That demonstrates that these individuals, once they are released, are not Hannibal Lecters, they're out living their best lives. … You age out of crime. Now imagine people who have never taken a life to begin with, imagine what that recidivism rate would be.

  5. John Sandweg:

    It's a lot cheaper to just return Mexicans across the border, but the real benefit is the recidivism rate.

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