Definition of recidivism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

recidivism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪdɪvɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪdɪvɪzəm//
 
[uncountable](formal)
 
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the act or habit of continuing to commit crimes, and seeming unable to stop, even after being punished high rates of recidivism