addictive

[ uh-dik-tiv ]
/ əˈdɪk tɪv /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. adderall,
  2. adderley,
  3. addict,
  4. addicted,
  5. addiction,
  6. addie,
  7. adding,
  8. adding machine,
  9. addington,
  10. addington, henry

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 addictive

addictive

/ (əˈdɪktɪv) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for addictive

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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