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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: crim [Brit, informal], criminal, crook [informal], felon, malefactor [formal], offender, outlaw, wrongdoer

Encyclopedia: Recidivist