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


addicting, habit-forming



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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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Warning: The program can become highly addictive, so get ready to settle in. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Everything you need to plan and install your dream kitchen.," 11 Feb. 2019 Many people still navigate forms of mental illness—eating disorders, depression, addictive tendencies, or any number of other mental health issues—and their recovery process while simultaneously navigating a journey to parenthood. Kate Willsky, SELF, "What It’s Like to Deal With Anorexia While You’re Pregnant," 8 Feb. 2019 Here’s how to make the most of an extended layover in the country’s most dynamic and addictive city. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 While fast-fashion can be fun and addictive, much of it is also responsible for a not insignificant amount of environmental degradation, from the ways it’s produced to the chemicals used in dyeing and processing it. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "6 Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly Right This Second," 15 Jan. 2019 And 22 percent of Americans surveyed believe that marijuana is not at all addictive, which is not true. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 Control is a very addictive substance, and founders are used to control. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Snap will get acquired before 2020, probably by Amazon," 28 Sep. 2018 Ideas about what should be done were disparate, including such proposals as creating property rights for data and treating social media as a public-health problem because of their addictive qualities. The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 June 2018 Sugar can contribute to mood swings, weight gain, and, over time, insulin resistance, and there's almost certainly an addictive quality for some people. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018

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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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The first known use of addictive was in 1891

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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


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

Medical Definition of addictive

: causing or characterized by addiction addictive drugs


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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