Definition of addiction
1 : the quality or state of being addicted addiction to reading
2 : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such 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
He has a drug addiction.
His life has been ruined by heroin addiction.
He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.
Recent Examples of addiction from the Web
Such lawsuits take a long time to wind their way through the courts, and there may be no way to guarantee that states are using the money to address opioid addiction.
The U.S. can’t kick its addiction to social security numbers.
Nearly three out of four articles cited the letter as evidence that addiction rarely occurs in patients treated with narcotic painkillers, the new study reports.
Methadone is a treatment for opioid addiction, Harris said, and can cloud someone's judgment.
Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented.
The bill would also expand required information that providers need to give about risks of addiction to everyone, not just minors.
That documentary was affecting, and left the distinct impression that Gooden’s addictions are dogs still biting at his heels.
Trump voter Michelle Jaskulski, of Milwaukee, who has a son and stepson in recovery from opioid addiction, believes in the president’s commitment and overall approach.
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Origin and Etymology of addiction
First Known Use: circa 1532
ADDICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of addiction for English Language Learners
: 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
Medical Definition of addiction
: 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
Legal Definition of addiction
: compulsive physiological need for a habit-forming drug (as heroin)
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