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Definition: Addiction


What is the dictionary definition of Addiction?

Dictionary Definition

being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

  1. A state that is characterized by compulsive drug use or compulsive engagement in rewarding behaviour, despite negative consequences.
  2. The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination.
  3. A habit or practise that damages jeopardizes or shortens one’s life but when ceased causes trauma.
  4. A pathological relationship to mood-altering experience that has life-damaging consequences.

Full Definition of Addiction

An addiction is an obsession, either psychological or physiological, to a specific action or a habit-forming substance. Alcohol addiction is one of the most common addictions for adults in the United States. Excessive or prolonged use of alcohol can lead to severe liver damage.

Crimes involving alcohol addiction include spousal abuse, child abuse and other violent actions. Drunk driving also leads to thousands of deaths each year because alcohol lowers the driver?s cognitive abilities and responsiveness.

Drunk driving is considered negligent, and if you are injured by a driver who is drunk, under certain conditions you may be able to file a personal injury car accident claim against the driver to recover damages for your losses. Personal injury cases are civil claims and compensation may be awarded even if the other driver is not charged with a criminal offence.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Addiction. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
January 18, 2022
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Addiction. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: January 18, 2022).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Addiction. Retrieved January 18, 2022
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Addiction are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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