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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. habitual relapse into crime;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Recidivism \Re*cid"i*vism\ (r[-e]*s[i^]d"[i^]*v[i^]z'm), n. The state or quality of being recidivous; relapse, specif. (Criminology), a falling back or relapse into prior criminal habits, esp. after conviction and punishment. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] The old English system of recognizances, in which the guilty party deposits a sum of money, is an excellent guarantee to society against recidivism. --Havelock Ellis. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

recidivism n 1: habitual relapse into crime
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "recidivism": about-face, amorality, apostasy, atheism, backing, backset, backslide, backsliding, backward motion, backward step, betrayal, bolt, breakaway, carnality, criminality, defection, delinquency, desertion, disenchantment, disloyalty, evil, evil nature, faithlessness, fall, fall from grace, flip-flop, going over, immorality, impiety, impiousness, impurity, irreligion, irreverence, lapse, lapse from grace, moral delinquency, peccability, prodigality, ratting, reaction, recession, recidivation, reclamation, reconversion, recreancy, reentry, refluence, reflux, regress, regression, rehabilitation, reinstatement, relapse, restitution, restoration, retroaction, retrocession, retroflexion, retrogradation, retrogression, retroversion, retrusion, return, returning, reversal, reverse, reversion, reverting, revulsion, rollback, secession, setback, slipping back, sternway, throwback, treason, turn, turnabout, turning traitor, unangelicalness, unchastity, uncleanness, undutifulness, ungodliness, ungoodness, unmorality, unrighteousness, unsaintliness, unvirtuousness, vice, viciousness, wantonness, waywardness, wrongdoing