obsessive

adjective
ob·ses·sive | \ äb-ˈse-siv , 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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According to her coworkers, that compulsion presents itself in obsessive preparation. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Introducing Kate McKinnon, Movie Star," 26 June 2018 Given the devastation wrought on native populations, the obsessive focus on a handful of Anglo-Saxon settlers—including, most poignantly, the infant Virginia—is overblown. The Economist, "The tale of the “Lost Colony” is a chronicle of delusion," 7 June 2018 Altmann developed an obsessive conviction that these granules were alive. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 Cuchna, a music obsessive who began the podcast to give rap the type of analytical treatment most often reserved for classical music, endeavors not to taxonomize Ocean’s discography but rather to contextualize it. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 However, any one of the more than 100,000 masses could be a potential terrorist, prankster, protester or royal obsessive who might try to disrupt the wedding – or worse, use the opportunity of cameras from around the world to take innocent lives. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Royal Wedding: How a vast security operation will keep the couple, guests and spectators safe," 17 May 2018 As part of his campaign to restore Russia’s former status as a world power, Putin fostered an obsessive focus on Russia’s defeat of the Nazis in World War II. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 In the study, researchers specifically were able to curb obsessive behavior in the mice. Emily Price, Fortune, "Scientists Successfully Reduce Autism Symptoms in Mice Through Gene Editing," 27 June 2018 That movie’s mockumentary realism and its jokes about capes, secret identities and the dangers of toxic, obsessive fandom were the perfect introduction (and indoctrination) to superheroes for those who couldn’t care less. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ arrives in a brave new world," 14 June 2018

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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- \

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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