obsessive

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adjective ob·ses·sive \äb-ˈse-siv, əb-\

Definition of obsessive

  1. 1a :  tending to cause obsessionb :  excessive often to an unreasonable degree

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or characterized by obsession :  deriving from obsession

obsessive

noun

obsessively

adverb

obsessiveness

noun

Examples of obsessive in a Sentence

  1. Many dancers are obsessive about their weight.

  2. He is an obsessive workaholic who never stops thinking about his job.

  3. an obsessive interest in space travel

  4. The new therapy is supposed to help people control their obsessive thoughts.

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First Known Use of obsessive

1897


OBSESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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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 Dictionary

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obsessive

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adjective ob·ses·sive \äb-ˈses-iv, əb-\

Medical Definition of obsessive

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

obsessively

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obsessiveness

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Medical Definition of obsessive

  1. :  an obsessive individual



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