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obsessive

[uh b-ses-iv] /əbˈsɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
being, pertaining to, or resembling an obsession:
an obsessive fear of illness.
2.
causing an obsession.
3.
excessive, especially extremely so.
noun
4.
someone who has an obsession or obsessions; a person who thinks or behaves in an obsessive manner.
Origin of obsessive
1910-1915
1910-15; obsess(ion) + -ive
Related forms
obsessively, adverb
obsessiveness, noun
nonobsessive, adjective
nonobsessively, adverb
nonobsessiveness, noun
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  • It is a relentless pursuit, an obsessive hunt, a ruthless and unscrupulous chase.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Throughout his literary activity it has an obsessive hold on his mind.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • Now, however, actual and obsessive dread showed plainly on his face and in his movements.

    In Old Kentucky Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • Their obsessive striving for the man proves to be determined by their restless flight from the woman.

  • The most common of these obsessive acts is washing with water (washing obsession).

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
British Dictionary definitions for obsessive

obsessive

/əbˈsɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
(psychiatry) motivated by a persistent overriding idea or impulse, often associated with anxiety and mental illness
2.
continually preoccupied with a particular activity, person, or thing
noun
3.
(psychiatry) a person subject to obsession
4.
a person who is continually preoccupied with a particular activity, person, or thing
Derived Forms
obsessively, adverb
obsessiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for obsessive
adj.

1911, from obsess + -ive. Related: Obsessively. Obsessive-compulsive is attested from 1927.

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obsessive in Medicine

obsessive ob·ses·sive (əb-sěs'ĭv, ŏb-)
adj.
Of, characteristic of, or causing an obsession.


ob·ses'sive n.
ob·ses'sive·ness n.
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