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recidivism

Definition of Recidivism

(noun) Returning to criminal behavior, particularly after incarceration.

Recidivism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /rəˈsɪdəˌvɪz(ə)m/
      • /riˈsɪdəˌvɪz(ə)m/
    • British English
      • /rᵻˈsɪdᵻvɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (re·cid·i·vism)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: recidivisms
  • A (noun) recidivist (noun) recidivates by returning to (noun) recidivistic (noun) recidivous activity.

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Cite the Definition of Recidivism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “recidivism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/recidivism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

recidivism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/recidivism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “recidivism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/recidivism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“recidivism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/recidivism/>.