obsessive

[uh b-ses-iv]

adjective

being, pertaining to, or resembling an obsession: an obsessive fear of illness.
causing an obsession.
excessive, especially extremely so.

noun

someone who has an obsession or obsessions; a person who thinks or behaves in an obsessive manner.

Origin of obsessive

First recorded in 1910–15; obsess(ion) + -ive
Related formsob·ses·sive·ly, adverbob·ses·sive·ness, nounnon·ob·ses·sive, adjectivenon·ob·ses·sive·ly, adverbnon·ob·ses·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obsessiveness

obsessive

adjective

psychiatry motivated by a persistent overriding idea or impulse, often associated with anxiety and mental illness
continually preoccupied with a particular activity, person, or thing

noun

psychiatry a person subject to obsession
a person who is continually preoccupied with a particular activity, person, or thing
Derived Formsobsessively, adverbobsessiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for obsessiveness

obsessive

adj.

1911, from obsess + -ive. Related: Obsessively. Obsessive-compulsive is attested from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

obsessiveness in Medicine

obsessive

[əb-sĕsĭv, ŏb-]

adj.

Of, characteristic of, or causing an obsession.
Related formsob•sessive n.
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