non·​ad·​dic·​tive | \ ˌnän-ə-ˈdik-təv How to pronounce nonaddictive (audio) , -a- \

Definition of nonaddictive

: not causing or characterized by addiction : not addictive nonaddictive drugs

Examples of nonaddictive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neurontin and related generics have long been considered nonaddictive and are not tracked as closely by regulators. NBC News, "Nerve drugs gabapentin, pregabalin linked to breathing problems, FDA warns," 20 Dec. 2019 The family stands to lose billions after a litany of lawsuits claiming that their company marketed the painkiller OxyContin as nonaddictive despite knowing otherwise. Fox News, "Purdue Pharma's Sackler family used hidden accounts to transfer $1B: court docs," 14 Sep. 2019 Hassell’s album is tranquilizing — like benzos but nonaddictive. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "The best music to help you fall asleep," 26 July 2019 The Senate legislation would give money to the National Institutes of Health to research a nonaddictive painkiller. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic," 17 Sep. 2018 One of the provisions would direct the National Institutes of Health to develop nonaddictive painkillers. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 There’s another reason to space it out: Psychedelics, while nonaddictive, can cause a tolerance to build. Simone Kitchens, The Cut, "Microdosing’s Micromoment," 3 May 2018 Last week, the agency took the first step toward lowering the level of nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive or nonaddictive levels. Meg Tirrell And Angelica Lavito, USA TODAY, "FDA considers restricting menthol and other flavors from tobacco products," 20 Mar. 2018 On Twitter, Gottlieb called the FDA’s move ‘‘a historic first step’’ to make cigarettes minimally addictive or nonaddictive. Washington Post,, "The FDA wants to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes," 16 Mar. 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonaddictive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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non·​ad·​dic·​tive | \ -ə-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce nonaddictive (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonaddictive

: not causing addiction nonaddictive painkillers

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