ad·​dic·​tive | \-ˈdik-tiv \

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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Facebook peddles the information equivalent of junk food, relying on people's addictive tendencies to maximize consumption. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”," 21 Nov. 2018 That will include sending teams of recruiters into CrossFit sports competitions and popular gaming contests such as Ultimate Fighter, Madden Football or the addictive Fortnite: Battle Royale, an online survival game. Fox News, "Army misses 2018 recruiting goal," 24 Sep. 2018 Plaintiffs contend opioid makers and distributors engaged in consumer fraud, racketeering and negligence, failing for years to divulge the drug's addictive qualities to doctors and patients. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Opioid epidemic: Arizona cities, counties join huge federal suit against pain-med makers," 30 June 2018 Part of our strategy is making sure that registered opioid handlers keep accurate records of these highly addictive and extremely dangerous drugs. Gary Warth,, "Pharmacy pays $75K for poor opioid record-keeping," 28 June 2018 The 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) lists gaming disorder under other disorders due to addictive behavior. Mary Bernard,, "WHO recognizes excessive video gaming as new mental health disorder," 21 June 2018 China, too, has been hit with deaths from addictive online game behavior with separate deaths in 2007 and 2011. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Video game addiction is a mental health disorder, WHO says, but psychiatrists don't agree," 18 June 2018 John Bachman is a psychologist who specializes in addictive behaviors and disorders, and the generational tale that Nelson shares wouldn’t surprise him. Lauren Chval,, "Children with addicted parents face difficulties in adulthood, including a higher risk of addiction," 30 Apr. 2018 Facebook is not simply addictive or potentially damaging to those under 13. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Facebook’s Purpose Is Digital Addiction," 12 Feb. 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of addictive 

: causing or characterized by addiction addictive drugs


ad·​dic·​tive | \ə-ˈdik-tiv \

Legal Definition of addictive 

: causing or characterized by addiction addictive drugs

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