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[uh-dik-tiv] /əˈdɪk tɪv/
producing or tending to cause addiction:
an addictive drug.
more than normally susceptible to addiction:
an addictive personality.
Origin of addictive
1935-40; addict + -ive
Related forms
addictiveness, noun
nonaddictive, adjective Unabridged
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  • The play of acid against richness is totally addictive.
  • Nobody should be keener for fast food to be made addictive than governments.
  • With it comes an addictive behaviour that also occurs in gambling.
  • Anyone who has done it knows that the knife-edge between daring, danger and disaster can be blood-rushingly addictive.
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  • For many users, this is addictive and is the main reason they log on so often.
  • As to the minority who seriously overdo it, research suggests that they display addictive behaviour in other ways too.
  • That's why they do it: they know how addictive nicotine is and that smoking is the last thing that people will give up.
  • The first is that such slot machines are highly addictive.
  • He is even free to educate people about what he believes to be the dangers and addictive properties of online gambling.
British Dictionary definitions for addictive


of, relating to, or causing addiction
Derived Forms
addictiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for addictive

1815, a word in chemistry and medicine; 1939 in the narcotics sense, from addict (v.) + -ive. Related: Addictively; addictiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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