- The definition of an addiction is an obsessive need for a habit forming substance or activity.
The constant craving for a drug is an example of an addiction.
addiction definition by Webster's New World
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the condition of being addicted (to a habit) or of being an addict; specif., the habitual use of narcotic drugs
addiction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- a. Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance: a drug used in the treatment of heroin addiction.b. An instance of this: a person with multiple chemical addictions.
- a. The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.b. An instance of this: had an addiction for fast cars.
addiction - Computer Definition
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addiction - Medical Definition
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Habitual psychological or physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control.
addiction - Science Definition
- A physical or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, such as a drug or alcohol. In physical addiction, the body adapts to the substance being used and gradually requires increased amounts to reproduce the effects originally produced by smaller doses. See more at withdrawal.
- A habitual or compulsive involvement in an activity, such as gambling.