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

  • adjective Of, relating to, characteristic of, or causing an obsession.
  • adjective Excessive in degree or nature.

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  • adjective Prone to cause obsession
  • adjective Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.
  • adjective Excessive, as results from obsession.
  • noun A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by or constituting an obsession
  • noun a person who has obsessions


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obsess +‎ -ive


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