Definition of addictive in English:


(also addicting)


  • 1(of a substance or activity) causing or likely to cause someone to become addicted to it.

    ‘a highly addictive drug’
    • ‘I can tell you, caramelised onions are addictive, especially with goat's cheese on olive and walnut bread.’
    • ‘For many mildly (or not so mildly) addictive modern commodities, the attraction is itself dangerous.’
    • ‘Appetite suppressants should be totally avoided because they are addictive.’
    • ‘I cannot say enough good things about this short, addicting series.’
    • ‘She was told that both drugs are addictive and will no longer be prescribed for her.’
    • ‘As with any addictive substance, there is a reason we get hooked on caffeine in the first place.’
    • ‘Caffeine is addictive and hooks you in the same way as amphetamines, cocaine and heroin.’
    • ‘Politics is addictive.’
    • ‘Once addicted at a vulnerable age, the argument goes, young users grow into adults who find the addicting substances difficult or impossible to resist.’
    • ‘The sensory overload is powerful and like most powerful things it is attractive, intoxicating, addictive, and dangerous.’
    • ‘This was a show that was original, unique, instantly addictive.’
    • ‘When drunk frequently or in large quantities, alcohol is addictive.’
    • ‘Fonts are fun, but they can also be addictive.’
    • ‘His team are using fruit flies to study the genetics of cocaine and other addictive drugs.’
    • ‘The addicting properties of sugar or fast food could easily be tested in humans.’
    • ‘Tobacco is one of the most addictive drugs available and by far the deadliest overall.’
    • ‘She was addicting, I have to admit.’
    • ‘Pushing the limits of your personal bests will be addicting!’
    • ‘We got immediate feedback from the crowd (always positive), and that got pretty addictive!’
    • ‘He had placed two candles on the table, which gave off a very addicting aroma.’
    habit-forming, causing addiction, causing dependency
    compelling, compulsive
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    1. 1.1Relating or susceptible to addiction.
      ‘he has an addictive personality’
      • ‘And for a man who confesses to having an addictive personality, his main vice is now mostly confined to words.’
      • ‘An addictive personality, he is now off the drugs, though he still drinks a bit.’
      • ‘It is an eating disorder characterized by obsessive and addictive traits relating to specific foods/food groups.’
      • ‘Jack, on the other hand, is an addictive optimist.’
      • ‘She was one of those people with an inner fire - an unquenchable energy which gave her a highly addictive personality.’
      • ‘My main concern is the fact that some of these young ones are forced into illegal drug activity by addictive parents.’
      • ‘They were all addictive people.’
      • ‘As anyone who has experienced addiction will tell you, changing addictive behavior is not an easy thing to do.’
      • ‘Many patients to whom it will be given will have addictive personalities.’
      • ‘Let us assume that you have decided, at least for the time being, to stop or cut back your addictive behavior.’
      • ‘Others ascribe continued support to widespread ignorance of the addictive mentality.’
      • ‘Lovers come and go, often as far as the altar, but there is little indication of an addictive womaniser.’