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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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recidivistre‧cid‧i‧vist /rɪˈsɪdɪvɪst/ noun [countable] technical  SCCa criminal who starts doing illegal things again, even after he or she has been punishedrecidivism noun [uncountable]
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recidivistToxic substances and nutrients were the prime suspects along with the well-known recidivist, sedimentation.Art, it seems, is the perpetual recidivist, always ducking back into the aesthetic as soon as vigilant life averts its gaze.
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