Twelve Step

or 12-step

  1. of or based on a program for recovery from addiction originating with Alcoholics Anonymous and providing 12 progressive levels toward attainment.

Origin of Twelve Step

First recorded in 1985–90

Other words from Twelve Step

  • 12-stepper, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for twelve-step


  1. mainly US of or relating to a method of treatment for addiction which consists of twelve stages and stresses the need for patients to acknowledge their problem and to take personal responsibility for it

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