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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. 2017.
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  • Freedom from the deleterious action or habit-forming tendencies of the opiates.

  • habit-forming and insidious in character, they are an actual menace.

  • He knows that in the stock of habit-forming drugs that he uses in his profession lies the material which will brace him up.

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

  • Language-learning is essentially a habit-forming process, a process during which we must acquire new habits.

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

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  • Language-study is essentially a habit-forming process, so we must learn to form habits.

  • The physician would thus have to shoulder the entire responsibility for the use of any habit-forming drug.

    Habits that Handicap Charles B. Towns
  • Organic instincts and organic retention, or habit-forming, are undeniable factors in actual experience.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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