re·cid·i·vate /ri-'si-də-ˌvāt/ vi -vat·ed, -vat·ing [Medieval Latin recidivatus, past participle of recidivare to fall back, relapse, from Latin recidivus falling back, recurring]: to return to criminal activity

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb backslide, degenerate, deteriorate, relapse, regress, retrograde, slip back II index relapse, return (go back)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Recidivate — Re*cid i*vate (r[ e]*s[i^]d [i^]*v[=a]t), v. i. [LL. recidivare. See {Recidivous}.] To backslide; to fall again. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recidivate — (v.) 1520s, from pp. stem of M.L. recidivare (see RECIDIVIST (Cf. recidivist)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • recidivate — verb go back to bad behavior Those who recidivate are often minor criminals • Syn: ↑relapse, ↑lapse, ↑regress, ↑retrogress, ↑fall back • Derivationally related forms: ↑recidivism, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • recidivate — /ri sid euh vayt , ree /, v.i. recidivated, recidivating. to engage in recidivism; relapse. [1520 30; < ML recidivatus ptp. of recidivare to relapse. See RECIDIVISM, ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • recidivate — verb To return to criminal behaviour; to relapse See Also: recidivism …   Wiktionary

  • recidivate — Synonyms and related words: backslide, cock, fall, fall again into, fall astern, fall back, fall behind, fall from grace, get behind, go backwards, go behind, have a relapse, jerk back, lapse, lapse back, lose ground, pull back, recede, recur to …   Moby Thesaurus

  • recidivate — v. relapse into a previous condition, regress to an earlier state (especially to a life of crime) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recidivate — re·cid·i·vate …   English syllables

  • fall back — verb 1. fall backwards and down (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑lean back, ↑recline • Verb Frames: Something s Somebody s 2. hang (back) or fall ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • criminology — criminological /krim euh nl oj i keuhl/, criminologic, adj. criminologically, adv. criminologist, n. /krim euh nol euh jee/, n. the study of crime and criminals: a branch of sociology. [1855 60; < L crimin (s. of crimen; see CRIME) + O + LOGY] *… …   Universalium

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