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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The compound has been shown in some studies to relieve pain, help aid sleep, mitigate anxiety, and may even help people quit addictive drugs. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How Hard Should We Lean into This Whole CBD Coffee Trend?," 16 Aug. 2018 Patients were often prescribed fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine and other highly addictive drugs without being seen by a doctor, officials said. Kevin Grasha,, "Feds: Hamilton clinic gave pain drugs, 'Prescriptive Speedball' without seeing patients," 28 June 2018 Nicotine, an addictive drug, causes the body to release epinephrine, the fight or flight hormone, which could cause the head rush some describe when vaping or smoking. Jill Tucker,, "As Juul vaping surges among teens, health concerns grow," 27 May 2018 Generally, patients who overdose are often discharged from hospitals without systematic follow-ups by doctors and nurses, and return to using the same addictive drugs. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marin says new opioid overdose tracking program shows progress," 11 May 2018 But the backbone of his plan is to toughen punishments for those caught trafficking highly addictive drugs. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville, Houston Chronicle, "Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers," 19 Mar. 2018 What's more, research suggests that sugar induces rewards and cravings that are similar in magnitude to those induced by addictive drugs. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "One-month sugar detox: A nutritionist explains how and why," 1 Mar. 2018 Putting a child on highly addictive psychotropic drugs ought to be very difficult, not shockingly easy. Ryan D'agostino, Esquire, "The Drugging of the American Boy," 27 Mar. 2014 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

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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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