adjective Date: 1939 causing or characterized by addiction <
an addictive drug
an addictive personality

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • addictive — (adj.) 1815, a word in chemistry and medicine; 1939 in the narcotics sense, from ADDICT (Cf. addict) (v.) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Addictively; addictiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • addictive — [adj] habit forming enslaving, hooking, obsessive; concepts 530,547 …   New thesaurus

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  • addictive — [[t]ədɪ̱ktɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If a drug is addictive, people who take it cannot stop taking it. Cigarettes are highly addictive... Crack is the most addictive drug on the market. 2) ADJ GRADED Something that is addictive is so enjoyable that it …   English dictionary

  • addictive — UK [əˈdɪktɪv] / US adjective 1) a) something that is addictive is so enjoyable that you want to do it or have it as often as possible Jogging can become addictive. b) someone who has an addictive personality becomes addicted to things very easily …   English dictionary

  • addictive — ad|dic|tive [əˈdıktıv] adj 1.) if a substance, especially a drug, is addictive, your body starts to need it regularly and you are unable to stop taking it ▪ Tobacco is highly addictive . 2.) an activity that is addictive is so enjoyable that you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • addictive — adjective 1 a drug that is addictive makes you unable to stop taking it: highly addictive: Crack is a potent, highly addictive form of cocaine. 2 an activity that is addictive is one that you want to keep doing, especially because you enjoy it so …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • addictive — addictiveness, n. /euh dik tiv/, adj. 1. producing or tending to cause addiction: an addictive drug. 2. more than normally susceptible to addiction: an addictive personality. [1935 40; ADDICT + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

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