obsessive

adjective
ob·​ses·​sive | \ äb-ˈse-siv How to pronounce obsessive (audio) , əb-\

Definition of obsessive

1a : tending to cause obsession
b : excessive often to an unreasonable degree
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by obsession : deriving from obsession

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Other Words from obsessive

obsessive noun
obsessively adverb
obsessiveness noun

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.
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Keep in mind that this is a game that’s designed around these kinds of obsessive replay sessions. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Slo-mo shoot ‘em up My Friend Pedro will make you obsess over high scores," 29 June 2019 In the pilot episode of Euphoria, Rue is shown having anxiety attacks and exhibiting symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Truth About The Fentanyl Scene In Euphoria," 25 June 2019 These can include depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD, which can occur any time during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "'You are not alone': How to identify and get help for postpartum depression," 20 June 2019 His tensions with his fellow travelers may seem just another classic instance of the comically esoteric arguments that are the obsessive currency of the fringe left. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 For the real obsessive, for those who were bitten by the travel bug and came down with a chronic condition, there is the MTP list. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the mysterious sport of ‘country collecting’," 11 June 2019 Usher’s mind, like many minds, runs on an obsessive and circular track. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Strange Loop’ Is a Self-Portrait in a Hall of Mirrors," 17 June 2019 Serena Williams, tennis icon and fashion obsessive, hit the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala in her most show-stopping look to date. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Wore Sneakers to the Met Gala and Looked Incredibly Chic," 6 May 2019 Much is made in the first act of Jordan’s obsessive interest in a co-worker (Bryan Banville), only to have the potential connection just vanish from the story by taking another job. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Diversionary’s ‘Significant Other’ lends fresh zip to familiar romantic-comedy tropes," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of obsessive

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of obsessive was in 1897

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More Definitions for obsessive

obsessive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of obsessive

: thinking about something or someone too much or in a way that is not normal : having an obsession : showing or relating to an obsession

obsessive

adjective
ob·​ses·​sive | \ äb-ˈses-iv, əb- How to pronounce obsessive (audio) \

Medical Definition of obsessive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, causing, or characterized by obsession : deriving from obsession obsessive behavior

Other Words from obsessive

obsessively adverb
obsessiveness noun

obsessive

noun

Medical Definition of obsessive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an obsessive individual

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