Etymology
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recidivate (v.)

"fall back; relapse, return to an abandoned course of conduct," 1610s (1520s as a past-participle adjective), from Medieval Latin recidivatus, past participle of recidivare "to relapse" (see recidivist). Marked as obsolete in OED 2nd edition (1989). Related: Recidivated; recidivating. Recidiving "relapsing into sin" is attested from c. 1500, from Old French recidiver and Medieval Latin recidivare.

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Definitions of recidivate

recidivate (v.)
go back to bad behavior;
Those who recidivate are often minor criminals
Synonyms: relapse / lapse / regress / retrogress / fall back
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