from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence: a habit-forming drug.
- adj. Tending to become habitual: The taste of success can be habit-forming.
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- adj. Addictive; likely to cause dependence or recurrence of use.
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- adj. causing or characterized by addiction
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Not at all, it is habit-forming, which is not to say its addictive.
ADHD drugs generally act as a stimulant to alleviate symptoms but can be habit-forming and associated with side effects such as increased heart rate and loss of appetite.
And perhaps, pornography is the perfect analogy — titillating, unrealistic, demeaning, exploitative, a poor substitute for the real thing, but alluring and potentially habit-forming.
We as a society should learn from past mistakes: habit-forming pills are indeed a recipe for addiction.
Industry defenders -- adhering closely to a PR regimen organized by the American Gaming Association whose president, Frank Fahrenkopf, in a notorious 1996 speech cited the missteps of Big Tobacco as examples of what not to do when trafficking in habit-forming products -- acknowledge that addiction is real.
That struggle offers useful lessons, mostly in the sphere of politics, but the story arc of American tobacco is much less complicated: nicotine is a habit-forming drug packaged in a carcinogenic product that the tobacco industry promoted while hiding the truth about its deadly effects.
Once you get the hang of making comics, it can be downright habit-forming.
A decade later, he became a key witness in establishing that tobacco companies knew their product was habit-forming, which bolstered a string of huge lawsuits brought against the industry.
This condition is widespread and habit-forming, and it looks poorly on municipal signs, which ought to convey information plainly and unfussily.
Class and the absence of class are both habit-forming.