Definition of addictive in English:

Share this entry

addictive

Pronunciation: /əˈdɪktɪv/
(also informal addicting)

adjective

1(Of a substance or activity) causing or likely to cause someone to become addicted to it: a highly addictive drug
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.
Synonyms
habit-forming, causing addiction, causing dependency;
compelling, compulsive
British informal moreish
1.1Relating or susceptible to addiction: he has an 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.

Derivatives

addictively

adverb
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.

addictiveness

noun
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ad¦dict|ive

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.