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

Definition of addictive

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

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Examples of addictive in a Sentence

highly addictive drugs like crack and heroin the addictive thrill of surfing
Recent Examples on the Web The voice coming from the TV in Tallahassee speaks in the same tones as the Sackler family telling you Oxycontin isn’t addictive and Camel Cigarettes telling you that your T-zone was never better. Jeb Lund, The New Republic, "Ron DeSantis Is TNR’s 2020 Scoundrel of the Year," 29 Dec. 2020 One of their findings reinforces the concerns of child and mental health advocates, who have long been worried about the addictive nature of social media. Fortune, "How much reform does Big Tech really want?," 19 Nov. 2020 To me, garden withdrawal implies addictive behavior. oregonlive, "We miss gardening as fall turns to winter; here’s how to cope: The Pecks," 19 Nov. 2020 Some people are more predisposed to addictive behavior. Harriet Blake, Dallas News, "New Year’s resolutions? Here’s how to make them stick in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 In a time of sudden isolation, image streams that already were overwhelming and addictive became lifelines. Peter Van Agtmael, Magazine, "How photography helps us make sense of this unforgettable year," 8 Dec. 2020 High prescription prices can drive patients to highly addictive and inexpensive heroin. Fortune, "Patients struggle to access prescription opioids after New York tax drives away suppliers," 15 Nov. 2020 The remix with Karol G and Towers lends it additional texture to become a highly addictive track. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Latin Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 16 Dec. 2020 Here's what to know about the luxurious, sure-to-be-addictive series, which arrives over the holidays. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "On the Way to the Wedding," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of addictive

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addictive

addict entry 2 + -ive

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The first known use of addictive was in 1891

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19 Jan 2021

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“Addictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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