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1.
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.
von ca619 26. Mai 2007
 
2.
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.
von Jamie Pheloney 9. April 2005