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 When OxyContin was first introduced into the market, Purdue Pharmaceuticals misled medical professionals contending the company's pain killer drug was far less addictive than other opioids. Nathan Luna, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2022 The researchers say this could further increase the amount of substance use as well as how addictive using the JUUL is. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 There is no need to worry about overdosing or addiction because CBD is non-addictive and does not have any psychoactive effects. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Research shows that menthol cigarettes may be more addictive than non-menthol cigarettes. Noel Cody, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 But advocates for problem gamblers said more could have been done to protect bettors who are prone to addictive behavior. Stephen Singer,, 24 Oct. 2021 Other studies have shown that administering a vaccine against methamphetamine in mice reduced their addictive behavior, and non-viral vaccine technologies like mRNA could also be used to boost the immune system against addiction. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2021 Modern game mechanics build upon behavior change design to create UX that directly leads to addictive behavior. Rob Girling, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 The Sackler family's company Purdue Pharma is the maker of OxyContin, one of several addictive painkillers that have claimed hundreds and thousands of lives. CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Addictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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