Adjective "recidivist" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A convicted criminal who reoffends, especially repeatedly.
  1. 'It's a logical response of a system which becomes frustrated with recidivists.'
  2. 'Most people convicted of driving while disqualified are recidivists.'
  3. 'Youths in the treatment group were significantly less likely to be recidivists.'
  4. 'Yet it is at least as likely that many of those sentenced were recidivists who were threatening the good order and discipline of their armies in a time of national crisis.'
  5. 'The sample population upon which actuarial assessments of risk are based, includes among the recidivists both those who have received treatment and those who have not.'
  6. 'The long-term recidivists shouted long and loud about the invasion of personal freedom, about how life's little pleasures were quite rapidly being taken away.'
  7. 'The men, all recidivists, would continue their violent behavior for 20, 30, or 40 years.'
  8. 'It is unlikely they would be lenient with someone they view as a recidivist.'
  9. '‘Their crimes,’ Chekhov remarks, looking at these supposedly hardened recidivists, ‘were no more clever and cunning than their faces.’'
  10. 'Sometimes prisoners never seem to get free of the prison system and they become what society now refers to as recidivists.'


Relating to recidivists.
  1. 'Today we have the phenomenon of recidivist murder committed by released killers.'
  2. 'There is a persuasive case for compulsory counselling for the parents of child offenders to run in concert with the existing programmes designed to prevent children from recidivist behaviour.'
  3. 'The recidivist record in the latter two cases is low, but as with alcoholism, no segment of the population is declared ‘cured.’'
  4. 'He said it was that plus the combination of recidivist and spree burglaries, all premeditated and all targeting people in their own homes, that warranted a jail term of seven years with the minimum four-year non-parole period.'
  5. 'Not surprisingly prior firesetting and match play has been consistently found across most studies as one of the key predictors in recidivist firesetting.'
  6. 'We have heard time and time again about recidivist offending - people who commit an offence, go to jail, come out, commit another offence, and do so again and again and again.'
  7. 'It would hardly be worth a full column to focus on his association's recidivist ideas, but this study is an all-time low.'
  8. 'Alcohol ignition interlocks have been proposed as a further intervention to reduce the prevalence of recidivist drink driving.'
  9. 'the families of recidivist prisoners'
  10. 'The forecasts show that recidivist offenders are now more likely to be convicted, taken off the streets, and kept off the streets.'
  11. 'The police have gone out and caught the recidivist burglars.'
  12. 'Violent recidivist criminals should be permanently removed from society, perhaps by being put to work on an outlying New Zealand island.'
  13. 'Compulsory fitting of the alerting system was deemed acceptable, but only for new vehicles or recidivist speeders.'
  14. 'What evidence does he have that new sentencing laws are providing greater protection to the community from serious and recidivist offenders?'
  15. 'A recidivist drink-driver was up on another set of serious drink-driving charges, and the case was dismissed because of delays in the justice system.'
  16. 'The service's team manager, Juliet Yolland, said recidivist truants were typically missing between 60-80 percent of the 186-day school year.'
  17. 'I want to see these young, recidivist offenders locked up, as they should be.'
  18. '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.'
  19. 'A non-custodial sentence, by definition, is regarded as something that is imposed when the person is not a serious or recidivist offender.'


1. repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.

2. Psychiatry. the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.

More examples(as adjective)

"natures can be recidivist."

"appendicitises can be recidivist."


(recidivism)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’.