from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing or tending to cause addiction: an addictive substance.
- adj. Characterized by or susceptible to addiction: an addictive personality.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Causing or tending to cause addiction; habit-forming.
- adj. Characterized by or susceptible to addiction.
- n. A drug that causes an addiction.
- n. Anything that is very habit-forming.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. causing or characterized by addiction
So, as you said, if you remove the term addictive from the equation, would people change their minds about the pill?
I have never heard the term addictive used to describe a non-harmful context.
In yoga, we call addictive behavior "samskara," or "ruts", and the more you practice the destructive ones, the more entrenched they will become.
Marijuana use is currently the leading cause of treatment need for those abusing or dependent on illegal drugs, is the second leading reason for drug-induced emergency room episodes, and has surpassed alcohol for young people in addictive risk and impact on dependency requiring treatment.
A twelve-year-old girl was more blunt: "The word addictive comes to mind."
A reasonable inference from Philip Morris's acknowledgment that the nicotine in cigarettes makes smoking addictive is that its product was consciously designed to induce cigarette dependency in the ordinary smoker, regardless whether any individual smoker becomes addicted to cigarettes.
All concur that smokeless tobacco products contain addictive levels of nicotine, many carcinogens, heavy metals, and other toxins, though recognizing that the levels of nicotine and toxins vary widely across products.
The cigarettes use “trionic” filters with three layers, each of which removes a different set of toxic compounds, while still allowing nicotine — the main addictive element in tobacco — to enter the lungs.
A minority of people have become known as addictive, compulsive or pathological gamblers because they are driven by an urge, the nature of which has given rise to much research and many publications, the Lotteries and Gambling Board says.
Peggle is one of the few games which the word addictive can legitimately be applied to.