Definition of obsessive in English:

obsessive

Line breaks: ob¦ses|sive
Pronunciation: /əbˈsɛsɪv
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    all-consuming, consuming, compulsive, dominating, controlling, obsessional, addictive, fanatical, fanatic, neurotic, excessive, besetting, gripping, haunting, tormenting, inescapable
    informal pathological
  • 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.

noun

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  • 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.

Derivatives

obsessively

adverb
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  • My 16 yr old self would have listened obsessively.
  • It's really out of my control, so what's the use in obsessively worrying and biting my nails and smoking and thinking of all the reasons I shouldn't get the job now that I want it.
  • I'll let others speculate what it is in his private life that keeps him making films continuously and obsessively, seemingly to the exclusion of everything else.

obsessiveness

noun
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  • 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.

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