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addiction

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noun ad·dic·tion \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\

Simple Definition of addiction

  • : a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)

  • : an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of addiction

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being addicted <addiction to reading>

  2. 2 :  compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :  persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

Examples of addiction in a sentence

  1. He has a drug addiction.

  2. His life has been ruined by heroin addiction.

  3. He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.



1599

First Known Use of addiction

1599

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Medical Dictionary

addiction

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noun ad·dic·tion \ə-ˈdik-shən\

Medical Definition of addiction

  1. :  compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :  persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful—compare habituation




Law Dictionary

addiction

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noun ad·dic·tion \ə-ˈdik-shən\

Legal Definition of addiction

  1. :  compulsive physiological need for a habit-forming drug (as heroin)





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