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addictive

[uh-dik-tiv]
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adjective
  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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British Dictionary definitions for addictiveness

addictive

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or causing addiction
Derived Formsaddictiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for addictiveness

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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