obsessive


obsessive
obsessively, adv.obsessiveness, n.
/euhb ses"iv/, adj.
1. being, pertaining to, or resembling an obsession: an obsessive fear of illness.
2. causing an obsession.
3. excessive, esp. extremely so.
n.
4. someone who has an obsession or obsessions; a person who thinks or behaves in an obsessive manner.
[1910-15; OBSESS(ION) + -IVE]

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Universalium. 2010.

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