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Noun: habitual criminal  hu'bi-choo-ul 'kri-mu-nul
  1. Someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behaviour (especially for the same criminal behaviour)
    - recidivist, repeater

Derived forms: habitual criminals

Type of: crim [Brit, informal], criminal, crook [informal], felon, malefactor [formal], outlaw

Encyclopedia: Habitual criminal