- tending to cause or encourage addiction, especially through physiological dependence: habit-forming drugs.
Origin of habit-forming
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for habit-forming
It is like a habit-forming drug that, in victory, saps your elation and, in defeat, deepens your despair.The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win
January 25, 2014
Habit-forming and insidious in character, they are an actual menace.
Habit-forming work has the reputation of being dull and tedious.The Principles of Language-Study
Harold E. Palmer
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.Human Nature and Conduct
- (of an activity, indulgence, etc) tending to become a habit or addiction
- Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence.