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

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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 Attorney General Mike DeWine said the drug manufacturers knowingly misled physicians and patients into thinking OxyContin, Percocet and other opioids were nonaddictive and safe in large quantities. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohio's opioid lawsuit against 5 pharma companies: 6 things to know," 31 May 2017

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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