Definition of addictive in English:


Line breaks: ad¦dict|ive
Pronunciation: /əˈdɪktɪv
(also informal addicting)


1(Of a substance or activity) causing or likely to cause someone to become addicted to it: a highly addictive drug
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  • Pushing the limits of your personal bests will be addicting!
  • He had placed two candles on the table, which gave off a very addicting aroma.
  • The addicting properties of sugar or fast food could easily be tested in humans.
habit-forming, causing addiction, causing dependency;
compelling, compulsive
British informal moreish
1.1Relating or susceptible to addiction: he has an addictive personality
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  • It is an eating disorder characterized by obsessive and addictive traits relating to specific foods/food groups.
  • They were all addictive people.
  • Others ascribe continued support to widespread ignorance of the addictive mentality.



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  • 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.


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  • Their publication proved that executives had known of the addictiveness of nicotine as early as 1963.
  • 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.

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