recidivist


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recidivist

n. a repeat criminal offender, convicted of a crime after having been previously convicted. (See: habitual criminal)

recidivist

noun convict, criminal, delinquent, guilty person, habitual criminal, hardened offender, lawbreaker, malefactor, malfeasant, malfeasor, offender, outlaw, repeat offender, reprobate, transgressor, wrongdoer
See also: convict, criminal, delinquent, felon, malefactor, outlaw
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intelligence "suspects, but is not certain, may have engaged in recidivist activities," Brennan wrote.
Contrary to the congregations' claims that the recidivist nature of sexual offending was not understood, it is clear from the documented cases that they were aware of the propensity for abusers to re-abuse.
Also, DUI recidivists are distinguished from non-recidivist offenders by an increased propensity for family histories of alcohol-and other drug-related problems.
Differences between the profile distributions of the recidivist and nonrecidivist group were not significant ([chi square] = 1.
Recidivists accounted for a disproportionate share of that outlay.
Given appellant's unbroken history of violent crime, we cannot find this case to be one of the admittedly rare ones in which the recidivist sentence is unconstitutional,'' the appeals court said.
Although there is no single factor underlying aggressive behavior in children, my own 30-plus years looking into the relationship between excessive parental discipline and delinquency has convinced me that the violent, recidivist, male juvenile delinquent who was not raised on the belt, board, cord, or fist is nonexistent.
Since many name companies are recidivist law-breakers, they could be in jeopardy if charter revocation--or being put in trusteeship until reforms are made--became a real option.
Now we learn that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which has been placed under Homeland Security's umbrella, has hired recidivist criminals to work as disaster-relief inspectors.
Reading this biography, I saw two Mortons: the urbane, charming, witty writer of some 39 travel books, and his alter ego, Harry Morton, pro-Nazi, pro-Fascist, anti-democratic, anti-semitic, racist, sexual recidivist.
They hope to obtain longer sentences for recidivist offenders to keep them out of circulation for as long as possible.