obsessive
adjective Date: 1901 1. a. tending to cause obsession b. excessive often to an unreasonable degree 2. of, relating to, or characterized by obsession ; deriving from obsession • obsessive nounobsessively adverbobsessiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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