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[hab-it-fawr-ming] /ˈhæb ɪtˌfɔr mɪŋ/
tending to cause or encourage addiction, especially through physiological dependence:
habit-forming drugs.
Origin of habit-forming
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • habit-forming and insidious in character, they are an actual menace.

  • habit-forming work has the reputation of being dull and tedious.

  • Organic instincts and organic retention, or habit-forming, are undeniable factors in actual experience.

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  • So-called non-alcoholic bottled beverages often contain alcohol or a habit-forming drug and are usually colored with aniline.

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  • All habit-forming involves the beginning of an intellectual specialization which if unchecked ends in thoughtless action.

  • Tobacco Redeemer contains no habit-forming drugs of any kind.

  • Children, especially during the habit-forming age, should be made to feel that it is a sin and should be avoided.

  • Congress has just passed a bill aiming to regulate the traffic in habit-forming drugs.

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  • The major part of the habit-forming drugs used in the United States is consumed by the under-world.

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British Dictionary definitions for habit-forming


(of an activity, indulgence, etc) tending to become a habit or addiction
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habit-forming in Medicine

habit-forming adj.
Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence.

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