Origin of habit-forming

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples of habit-forming

  • 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.

    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

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

    The Holy Earth

    L. H. Bailey

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

British Dictionary definitions for habit-forming


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


  1. Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence.
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