Definition of obsessive
1a : tending to cause obsessionb : excessive often to an unreasonable degree
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by obsession : deriving from obsession
Examples of obsessive in a Sentence
Many dancers are obsessive about their weight.
He is an obsessive workaholic who never stops thinking about his job.
an obsessive interest in space travel
The new therapy is supposed to help people control their obsessive thoughts.
Recent Examples of obsessive from the Web
Post-war guilt may play a role as Germany’s cure for its past becomes nearly as obsessive as the behavior that led to the disease in the first place.
His jams double as both the movie’s soundtrack and its door-slamming, chase-choreographing, explosion-exploding syncopation (a product of director Edgar Wright’s obsessive genius).
Reaching that milestone requires, among other things, an obsessive attention to detail and time management and a network of adult counselors to help meet the particular requirements of each badge, Scouts and their leaders said.
With the cable news cycle’s predictable turn toward semi-obsessive coverage of North Korea and President Trump’s responses to the small nation’s nuclear program, fear has become a fixture in many households.
Green talked about his struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder during a NerdCon: Stories convention speech last October in Minneapolis.
By April 2016, Lola and Nicole had an obsessive following.
Especially surprising is that the closeness of the race can largely be attributed to the obsessive energies of the sixth district’s women, an army of mostly white, suburban working mothers who had until now lived politically somnambulant lives.
According to the psychological report, Richards was diagnosed with agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder that often includes fear of open spaces, and obsessive compulsive disorder and has been under the care of mental health experts for much of her life.
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First Known Use of obsessive
OBSESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obsessive for English Language Learners
: thinking about something or someone too much or in a way that is not normal : having an obsession : showing or relating to an obsession
Medical Definition of obsessive
: an obsessive individual
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