Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Causing or tending to cause addiction.
  • adjective Characterized by or susceptible to addiction.

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  • adjective Causing or tending to cause addiction; habit-forming.
  • adjective Characterized by or susceptible to addiction.
  • noun A drug that causes an addiction.
  • noun Anything that is very habit-forming.

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  • adjective causing or characterized by addiction

Etymologies

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First attested 1914. Addiction in modern sense is first attested 1906, in reference to opium. There is an isolated instance from 1779, with reference to tobacco.

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