Definition of obsessive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈsɛsɪv/


1Of the nature of an obsession: people dogged by obsessive jealousy
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  • This game gives me a compulsion to my already obsessive nature to keep playing and to kill everyone who isn't me.
  • It is a relief, he says, to confess to the private consultant that the refuge he once sought in art for his depression and regimented obsessive nature, he now finds in the bottle.
  • I am particularly concerned about the obsessive nature of this defendant, and whether he represents a danger to women in general.
all-consuming, consuming, compulsive, dominating, controlling, obsessional, addictive, fanatical, fanatic, neurotic, excessive, besetting, gripping, haunting, tormenting, inescapable
informal pathological
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle
1.1Affected by an obsession: she became obsessive about her school work
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  • Domestic contentment has provided a secure foundation, enabling him to direct his obsessive focus on career success.


A person who is affected by an obsession: he’s an obsessive, obsessed with having complete collections of things
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  • Hollywood turns brides-to-be into into petty, vulgar, nitpicking obsessives.
  • All booksellers, I begin to think, are crazed obsessives.
  • Theirs is a marriage of football convenience made by football obsessives.



Pronunciation: /əbˈsɛsɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • The good thing about Bollinger is that he hasn't lost that quality - passion, wonder, obsessiveness, whatever it is - that initially motivates the fan or collector.
  • What the truth is, is that it shows really the obsessiveness, the addictiveness of this kind of eating, the eating in the car, the bingeing, all of which is true.
  • Her two-hour sunrise yoga sessions and macrobiotic diet (though hers appears to include wine and cheese) have been held up as instances of fussy obsessiveness.

Words that rhyme with obsessive

aggressive, compressive, concessive, degressive, depressive, digressive, excessive, expressive, impressive, oppressive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, repressive, retrogressive, successive, transgressive

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