Addiction Ad*dic"tion, n. [Cf. L. addictio an adjudging.] The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination. ``His addiction was to courses vain.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • addiction — ad·dic·tion /ə dik shən/ n: compulsive physiological need for a habit forming drug (as heroin) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. addiction …   Law dictionary

  • addiction — (n.) c.1600, tendency, of habits, pursuits, etc.; 1640s as state of being self addicted, from L. addictionem (nom. addictio) an awarding, a devoting, noun of action from pp. stem of addicere (see ADDICT (Cf. addict)). Earliest sense was less… …   Etymology dictionary

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