Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Words You've Been Using Wrong

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 of addictive
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40; addict + -ive
Related forms
addictiveness, noun
nonaddictive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for addictive
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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

addictive

/əˈdɪktɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or causing addiction
Derived Forms
addictiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for addictive

Word Value for addictive

16
18
Scrabble Words With Friends