- producing or tending to cause addiction: an addictive drug.
- more than normally susceptible to addiction: an addictive personality.
Origin of addictive
Related formsad·dic·tive·ness, nounnon·ad·dic·tive, adjective
First recorded in 1935–40; addict
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British Dictionary definitions for addictiveness
Derived Formsaddictiveness, noun
- of, relating to, or causing addiction
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Word Origin and History for addictiveness
1815, a word in chemistry and medicine; 1939 in the narcotics sense, from addict (v.) + -ive. Related: Addictively; addictiveness.
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