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Definition 1: (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master - [noun denoting act]

Samples where addiction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • under Roman law addiction was the justification for slavery

(addiction is a kind of ...) a grant made by a law court

"he criticized the awarding of compensation by the court"

(addiction belongs to category ...) the legal code of ancient Rome; codified under Justinian; the basis for many modern systems of civil law

Definition 2: an abnormally strong craving - [noun denoting feeling]

(addiction is a kind of ...) an intense desire for some particular thing

Definition 3: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs) - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for addiction in the sense of this definition

(addiction is a kind of ...) the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

(... is a kind of addiction ) an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)

(addiction belongs to category ...) a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction

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