addictive

adjective
ad·​dic·​tive | \ -ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio) \

Definition of addictive

: causing or characterized by addiction an addictive drug an addictive personality

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Synonyms & Antonyms for addictive

Synonyms

addicting, habit-forming

Antonyms

nonaddictive

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Examples of addictive in a Sentence

highly addictive drugs like crack and heroin the addictive thrill of surfing

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The clips — of movies, TV shows, historical moments — are addictive. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "This week in TV: ‘Stranger Things’ is back, channel surfing lives, and TV goes to the movies," 30 June 2019 Sessions, the man who believes marijuana is addictive because Lady Gaga said so. al.com, "The four hoarse men of the Alapocalypse," 20 June 2019 Purdue knew its opioids were addictive and its sales tactics were insidious. WSJ, "States Are Right to Pursue Big Opioid Maker," 19 June 2019 The students bombarded him with questions: Is weed addictive? Jennifer Oldham, Anchorage Daily News, "In first states to legalize pot, teen use triggers concerns," 17 June 2019 The game looks cool as hell — the art has a bit of a Samurai Jack vibe — and the gameplay is intensely addictive. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, "E3: 6 Indie Games That Impressed," 15 June 2019 Still, company representatives marketed it as not being addictive and downplayed the potential for abuse, the suit states. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "St. Paul joins ranks of those suing drugmaker Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis," 10 June 2019 Still, company representatives marketed it as not being addictive and downplayed the potential for abuse, the suit states. Andrew Oxford, courant.com, "More states sue Purdue Pharma alleging deceptive marketing," 3 June 2019 The vast majority of that irresistibility is due to the insane antics and slyly addictive acting of one Doug Santana. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Don’t think twice; go see ‘Two Guvnors’," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of addictive

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addictive

addict entry 1 + -ive

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10 Jul 2019

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Time Traveler for addictive

The first known use of addictive was in 1891

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addictive

adjective

English Language Learners 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

addictive

adjective
ad·​dic·​tive | \ ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio) \

Medical Definition of addictive

: causing or characterized by addiction addictive drugs

addictive

adjective
ad·​dic·​tive | \ ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio) \

Legal Definition of addictive

: causing or characterized by addiction addictive drugs

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