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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dik-tiv]
    • /əˈdɪk tɪv/
    • /əˈdɪk.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dik-tiv]
    • /əˈdɪk tɪv/

Definitions of addictive word

  • adjective addictive If a drug is addictive, people who take it cannot stop taking it. 3
  • adjective addictive Something that is addictive is so enjoyable that it makes you want to do it or have it a lot. 3
  • graded adjective addictive If someone has an addictive personality, they easily become addicted to something. 3
  • adjective addictive of, relating to, or causing addiction 3
  • adjective addictive relating to or causing addiction 3
  • adjective addictive producing or tending to cause addiction: an addictive drug. 1

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Origin of addictive

First appearance:

before 1935
One of the 8% newest English words
First recorded in 1935-40; addict + -ive

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Parts of speech for Addictive


addictive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

addictive usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for addictive

adj addictive

  • obsessive — being, pertaining to, or resembling an obsession: an obsessive fear of illness.
  • habit-forming — tending to cause or encourage addiction, especially through physiological dependence: habit-forming drugs.

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