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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially to return to criminal habits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To return to criminal behaviour; to relapse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To backslide; to fall again.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall back, relapse, or backslide; return to an abandoned course of conduct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go back to bad behavior

Etymologies

recidiv(ism) + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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