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Noun: recidivist  ri'si-di-vist
  1. Someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behaviour (especially for the same criminal behaviour)
    - repeater, habitual criminal
     
  2. Someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behaviour
    - backslider, reversionist

Derived forms: recidivists

Type of: criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, offender, outlaw, wrongdoer

Encyclopedia: Recidivist