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addictive

[uh-dik-tiv] /əˈdɪk tɪv/
adjective
1.
producing or tending to cause addiction:
an addictive drug.
2.
more than normally susceptible to addiction:
an addictive personality.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; addict + -ive
Related forms
addictiveness, noun
nonaddictive, adjective
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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.
  • Besides being addictive, the game serves a useful function: helping to index images on the web more accurately.
  • 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

addictive

/əˈdɪktɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or causing addiction
Derived Forms
addictiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for addictive
adj.

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

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