One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a disease, symptom, or condition: recurring. Also of a person, etc.: relapsing, reoffending.
Medicine. A recurrence of a disease, symptom, or condition; a relapse.
no object Recidivate.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cromwell (d. 1540), royal minister. As adjective from classical Latin recidīvus falling back, renascent, recurring from recidere + -īvus; compare Middle French recidive (of a disease) recurring, (of a criminal) who relapses. As noun from Middle French recidive recurrence (of a disease), relapse (into sin or crime) or its etymon post-classical Latin recidiva recurrence, relapse, use as noun of feminine of classical Latin recidīvus; compare earlier recidivation<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Mirour of Mans Saluacioune. From post-classical Latin recidivare recidivate; in later use after recidivation, recidivist, etc.
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