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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Advertisers have navigated this shift in viewing habits, finding new ways to push their products, and viewers have similarly adjusted, constructing fresh rationales for our obsessive consumption. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 With only a few clues and his own obsessive mind, Lionel sets out to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edward Norton Attempts to Solve Mentor's Murder in 'Motherless Brooklyn' Trailer," 22 Aug. 2019 Noca was defined by Wexler’s obsessive food-geek palate. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Conder, a Louisville native who works for Spectrum, is passionate and maybe a bit obsessive over her made-from-scratch recipe. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Beer + cheese. Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Kentucky concoction," 26 Aug. 2019 There is an obsessive quality to all this that neither seeks nor requires the reader’s assent. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 This move reflects the growing body of scientific literature suggesting that psychedelics are effective treatment for addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, end-of-life anxiety, and depression. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Oregonian activists are laying the legal groundwork for therapeutic magic mushrooms," 16 Aug. 2019 Much of the series emphasizes Todd Chrisley's obsessive yet comedic efforts to keep tabs on three of his kids — two of whom are in their 20s — and his mother. CBS News, "Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley plead not guilty to tax evasion charges," 14 Aug. 2019 Much of the series emphasizes Todd Chrisley’s obsessive yet comedic efforts to keep tabs on three of his kids, two of whom are in their 20s, and his mother. Washington Post, "‘Chrisley Knows Best’ stars charged with federal tax evasion," 13 Aug. 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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