addictive

adjective

ad·​dic·​tive ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio)
a-
: causing or characterized by addiction
an addictive drug
an addictive personality

Examples of addictive in a Sentence

highly addictive drugs like crack and heroin the addictive thrill of surfing
Recent Examples on the Web Although codeine has long been recognized as addictive, it’s been sold over-the-counter in both liquid and pill form at U.K. pharmacies for years. Katherine Hignett, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Welcome to the age of automated dating Experts have long warned of the addictive consequences that apps can have on people — especially children. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 Their filthy dialogue, bleak plot twists and reckless amorality are all wrong in every possibly way, which makes Torpedo addictive entertainment in a train wreck kind of way. Ernesto Lechner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 The Match Group suit also comes as states target Meta, which owns Instagram and Facebook, for harming young users with addictive tech features on its social media apps, exacerbating mental health issues. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2024 The lawsuit adds to a growing wave of litigation from state and local governments that target tech platforms for allegedly addictive features that deceive and harm kids. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 15 Feb. 2024 Like Adderall and caffeine before it, nicotine pouches contain a highly addictive stimulant. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 But contrary to what many people think, nicotine — the addictive compound in tobacco — is relatively harmless. Jeffrey A. Singer, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 That’s just one of the lessons of this emotionally swamping, completely addictive British series starring The White Lotus’s Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

addict entry 2 + -ive

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of addictive was in 1891

Dictionary Entries Near addictive

Cite this Entry

“Addictive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addictive. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

addictive

adjective
ad·​dic·​tive ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio)
a-
: causing or characterized by addiction
an addictive drug
an addictive game

Medical Definition

addictive

adjective
ad·​dic·​tive ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio)
: causing or characterized by addiction
addictive drugs

Legal Definition

addictive

adjective
ad·​dic·​tive ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce addictive (audio)
: causing or characterized by addiction
addictive drugs

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