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  1. producing or tending to cause addiction: an addictive drug.
  2. more than normally susceptible to addiction: an addictive personality.

Origin of addictive

First recorded in 1935–40; addict + -ive
Related formsad·dic·tive·ness, nounnon·ad·dic·tive, adjective
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  • Free and fun -- addictive social games with lots of cool people playing them from all over the world.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • He should have reasoned that out long ago; he should have realized it was impossible to have immunity to an addictive drug.

    Love Story

    Irving E. Cox, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for addictive


  1. of, relating to, or causing addiction
Derived Formsaddictiveness, noun
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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.

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