Is 'addicting' a word? In any situation where someone uses it, shouldn't it be 'addictive'? I see people using the word all the time, but it's not in any dictionary that I've seen, so I just wondered why I see it so often.
The verb 'addict' exists, so I see no reason why you can't make a present participle/adjective out of it if you want to. On the other hand, 'addictive' is a perfectly good word.
Google finds addictive 32.6 million hits, addicting a surprisingly high 7.7 million hits.
Best wishes, Clive
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Tobacco is highly addictive.
Also, the funny thing is, if you put a search in Google for "addicting games" there is even a website called this!
Here is another thing, if you put the word "addicting" on a word document and spell check it the word does exist in "Microsoft Word".
Do a search at askoxford.com and the word does not exist!
It describes the correct usage of the word addicting. It is actually a word, although it is not an adjective. The way that is most commonly used is incorrect.
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