12-step

adjective
\ ˈtwelv-ˌstep How to pronounce 12-step (audio) \

Definition of 12-step

: of, relating to, characteristic of, or being a program that is designed especially to help an individual overcome an addiction, compulsion, serious shortcoming, or traumatic experience by adherence to 12 tenets emphasizing personal growth and dependence on a higher spiritual being

First Known Use of 12-step

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“12-step.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/12-step. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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12-step

adjective
\ ˈtwelv-ˌstep How to pronounce 12-step (audio) \

Medical Definition of 12-step

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a program that is designed especially to help an individual overcome an addiction, compulsion, serious shortcoming, or traumatic experience by adherence to 12 tenets emphasizing personal growth and dependence on a higher spiritual being

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