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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for addictive

Synonyms

addicting, habit-forming

Antonyms

nonaddictive

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of addictive in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'addictive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of addictive

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addictive

addict entry 1 + -ive

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about addictive

Share addictive

Statistics for addictive

Last Updated

20 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for addictive

The first known use of addictive was in 1891

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for addictive

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on addictive

What made you want to look up addictive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!