addictive

adjective ad·dic·tive \ -ˈdik-tiv \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of addictive

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

Examples of addictive in a Sentence

  1. highly addictive drugs like crack and heroin

  2. the addictive thrill of surfing

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Origin and Etymology of addictive

addictive Synonyms

Synonyms
addicting, habit-forming
Antonyms
nonaddictive
Related Words
hard; narcotic
Near Antonyms
soft

ADDICTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

addictive

adjective

Definition of addictive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

addictive

adjective ad·dic·tive \ ə-ˈdik-tiv \

medical Definition of addictive

: causing or characterized by addiction
  • addictive drugs

Law Dictionary

addictive

adjective ad·dic·tive \ ə-ˈdik-tiv \

legal Definition of addictive

: causing or characterized by addiction
  • addictive drugs


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