Definition of habit-forming in US English:

habit-forming

adjective

  • (of a drug or activity) addictive.

    • ‘If too much is taken, the medicine may become habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence) or lead to medical problems because of an overdose.’
    • ‘However, pot can be psychologically addictive and therefore habit-forming.’
    • ‘An individual drug's schedule designation is determined primarily by its habit-forming properties.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, added to the low-budget nature of such shows, they can be habit-forming and are therefore great for boosting ratings.’
    • ‘Melatonin is not habit-forming and will not cause a ‘high’ feeling.’
    • ‘In addition, many sleep aids can be habit-forming and eventually may interfere with restful sleep or even exacerbate insomnia.’
    • ‘Gambling, tobacco and alcohol are all habit-forming products or activities.’
    • ‘Unlike many varieties of hard or soft drugs enjoyed by today's teenagers, weblogging isn't habit-forming.’
    • ‘They don't have time to work out sleeping patterns or relaxation programmes so, more often than not, habit-forming sleeping pills are prescribed or nothing is done.’
    • ‘Managers often claim winning and losing are habit-forming traits.’
    • ‘I only pray that it doesn't become habit-forming.’
    • ‘I believe the pill is an antihistamine, not habit-forming.’
    • ‘But, boys, once you've been indulged, you may find spas habit-forming.’
    • ‘Nor are they psychologically habit-forming; they don't cause physical dependence either.’
    • ‘These medications have two major drawbacks: they don't improve depression and they can become habit-forming.’
    • ‘He believed that chewing tobacco was not as habit-forming as smoking cigarettes and was unaware that chewing tobacco contains licorice.’
    • ‘This medication is not habit-forming, and does not cause a high feeling.’
    • ‘Millions and millions of people were giving up smoking at that time without huge problems - therefore it was more about habit-forming than addiction.’
    • ‘They've always assured him that the variety they used wasn't habit-forming, but frankly, he's worried about becoming a shroom junkie.’
    • ‘The practice of being oblivious of others is habit-forming; it spreads like flesh-eating bacteria.’
    addictive, causing addiction, causing dependency
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Pronunciation

habit-forming

/ˈhabət ˌfôrmiNG//ˈhæbət ˌfɔrmɪŋ/