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addictive

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adjective ad·dic·tive \-ˈdik-tiv\

Simple Definition of addictive

  • : causing a strong and harmful need to regularly have or do something

  • : very enjoyable in a way that makes you want to do or have something again

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of addictive

  1. :  causing or characterized by addiction <an addictive drug> <an addictive personality>

Examples of addictive in a sentence

  1. highly addictive drugs like crack and heroin

  2. the addictive thrill of surfing



1939

First Known Use of addictive

1939


Medical Dictionary

addictive

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adjective ad·dic·tive \ə-ˈdik-tiv\

Medical Definition of addictive

  1. :  causing or characterized by addiction <addictive drugs>




Law Dictionary

addictive

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adjective ad·dic·tive \ə-ˈdik-tiv\

Legal Definition of addictive

  1. :  causing or characterized by addiction <addictive drugs>





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