Habitual vs Obsessive - What's the difference?

habitual | obsessive |

As adjectives the difference between habitual and obsessive

is that habitual is behaving in a regular manner, as a habit while obsessive is prone to cause obsession.

As a noun obsessive is

a person who is obsessed, who has an obsession.



Alternative forms

* habituall (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Behaving in a regular manner, as a habit.
  • He's a habitual chainsmoker .
  • Recurring, or that is performed over and over again.
  • Her habitual lying was the reason for my mistrust .
  • Regular or usual.
  • Professor Franklein took his habitual seat at the conference table .

    Derived terms

    * habitually




    (en adjective)
  • Prone to cause obsession
  • ''The idea is too tempting, it's obsessive
  • Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.
  • ''Hardcore fans' obsessive behavior may take over their lives
  • Excessive, as results from obsession.
  • ''A workaholic's obsessive zeal may lead to success or burnout
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  • Synonyms

    * (Having one thought or pursuing one activity) unrelenting, unyielding, headstrong *

    Derived terms

    * obsessively


    (en noun)
  • A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession