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recidivism - habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist
constraint - restraint; compulsion; repression of feelings; reticence; V. constrain: hold back; restrain; compel; oblige; confine forcibly; imprison
stout - rather fat; strong in body; sturdy; resolute; determined; strong in determination; Ex. stout stick/supporter
ratiocination - reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reason logically
stalemate - deadlock; situation in which further action is blocked
betoken - signify; indicate; be a sign of
obsolete - outmoded; no longer used
intrude - put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person; Ex. intrude one's own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in
discredit - defame; disgrace; destroy confidence in; disbelieve; N. CF. discreditable: causing discredit; shameful
clich - \'e phrase dulled in meaning by repetition; platitude; ADJ. clich\'ed