from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who falls back into prior habits, especially criminal habits; a repeat offender.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an incorrigible criminal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In French law, a relapsed criminal; one who falls back into the same criminal course for which he has already been condemned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
- n. someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
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I must admit to certain recidivist tendencies where the Guardian is concerned.
A Porirua man described as a recidivist paua thief has been jailed for 12 months on charges relating to poaching on the west coast of Wellington.
I mean the Germans aren't really villains unless you're some kind of recidivist football fan banned from every league ground in Europe, and what's more this song is sung by a German.
Some counter-terrorism experts have raised questions about the significance of the Pentagon's figures, noting that the number of so-called "recidivist" detainees represents only a small portion, about 12 percent, of the approximately 520 detainees who have been released from Guantanamo since the detention facility was opened in January 2002.
Some counter-terrorism experts, the magazine said, have raised questions about the significance of the Pentagon's figures, noting that the number of so-called "recidivist" detainees represents only a small portion, about 12 per cent, of the approximately 520 detainees who have been released from Guantanamo since the detention facility was opened in January 2002.
Human Rights Watch claims in a press release that at least one "recidivist" GTMO detainee counted in the Pentagon’s "recidivism" report confessed to his post-GTMO crimes after they were beaten out of him:
Oh good – mobile tea tantrums for the recidivist right. rr
Another thought; most convicted felons of a recidivist nature don't care whether it is legal or not to possess a firearm.
More pedantry … my understanding is that the pet name for a recalcitrant recidivist is “scrote” (for “scrotum”) rather than “scroat”.
As for your recidivist crim, your boss, Home Economics Seketry Jaqui Smith, has furnished him with a novel defence.