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 (əb-sĕs′ĭv, ŏb-)
1. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or causing an obsession: obsessive gambling.
2. Excessive in degree or nature: an obsessive need to win.

ob·ses′sive n.
ob·ses′sive·ly adv.
ob·ses′sive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obsessiveness - extreme compulsiveness
compulsiveness, compulsivity - the trait of acting compulsively
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(əbˈses) verb
to occupy (someone's mind) too much. He is obsessed by the fear of death.
obˈsession (-ʃən) noun
an obsession about motorbikes.
obˈsessional (-ʃə-) adjective
obsessional behaviour.
obˈsessive (-siv) adjective
obsessive about cleanliness.
obˈsessively adverb
obˈsessiveness noun
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