American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A habit-forming substance whose use may lead to the abuse of drugs that are more addictive or more dangerous.
- n. An addictive substance that is seen as relatively harmless by itself, but is believed to encourage the user to experiment with more harmful substances.
- n. a habit-forming drug that is not addictive but its use may lead to the use of other addictive drugs
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