Definition of addictive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdiktiv/
(also informal addicting)


1(Of a substance, thing, or activity) causing or likely to cause someone to become addicted to it: a highly addictive drug gambling can become addictive
More example sentences
  • His team are using fruit flies to study the genetics of cocaine and other addictive drugs.
  • Tobacco is one of the most addictive drugs available and by far the deadliest overall.
  • As with any addictive substance, there is a reason we get hooked on caffeine in the first place.
habit-forming, addicting;
causing dependency
1.1Relating to or susceptible to being or becoming addicted to something: addictive behavior I have a very addictive personality
More example sentences
  • And for a man who confesses to having an addictive personality, his main vice is now mostly confined to words.
  • Let us assume that you have decided, at least for the time being, to stop or cut back your addictive behavior.
  • She was one of those people with an inner fire - an unquenchable energy which gave her a highly addictive personality.



Example sentences
  • And in winter, should you not be initiated in the mysterious rites of ski or snowboard, you might be able to slide down on a toboggan - utterly terrifying, yes, but addictively so.
  • The screen has missed Streep, who has given addictively moving performances in several classics, and many highly watchable portrayals in otherwise average films.
  • Furst's novels, masterly analyses of character as much as plot-driven thrillers, are addictively readable and Dark Voyage is a fine example of his art.


Example sentences
  • The addictiveness of this game nailed me on two fronts.
  • Companies must also publish "corrective statements" on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking.
  • This is, in my opinion, his best novella - in terms of sheer addictiveness, it can't be beaten.

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Syllabification: ad·dic·tive

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