Definition of addictive
: causing or characterized by addiction an addictive drug an addictive personality
Examples of addictive in a Sentence
highly addictive drugs like crack and heroin
the addictive thrill of surfing
Recent Examples of addictive from the Web
Dennis Lehane made his mark as a young writer with a series of addictive books starring private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro.
Some attorneys general and advocates are now asking in court whether the pharmaceutical companies who marketed the drugs and downplayed their addictive nature can be held legally responsible for—and made to pay for the consequences of—the crisis.
Vicodin is a highly addictive opioid often used for post-surgical pain.
The giant agency — the world's biggest funder of medical research — is meeting with drugmakers to figure out the best and fastest ways to come up with a better solution to treating pain than the current addictive opioid class of drugs.
This dough is nutty and slightly sweet and these little crackers remind me of Wheat Thins — and are just as addictive.
In addition to policing the sale of highly addictive drugs, OIG investigators are also responsible for the sale and distribution of all other prescription drugs.
Homespun hero Swagger is a legendary Marine sniper, retired, whose exploits are page-turningly addictive.
For those who can't resist the urge to check their smartphones while with others, Caudle suggests deleting any potentially addictive apps and setting technology-free times, such as dinnertime or bedtime.
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First Known Use of addictive
ADDICTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of addictive for English Language Learners
: 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
Legal Definition of addictive
: causing or characterized by addiction addictive drugs
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