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addictive

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Etymology

First attested 1914. Addiction in modern sense is first attested 1906, in reference to opium. There is an isolated instance from 1779, with reference to tobacco.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /əˈdɪktɪv/

Adjective

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addictive

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  1. Causing or tending to cause addiction; habit-forming.
    "addictive drugs", "an addictive behavior"
  2. Characterized by or susceptible to addiction.
    "an addictive personality"

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Noun

Singular
addictive

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  1. A drug that causes an addiction.
  2. Anything that is very habit-forming.

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