obsessive etymology

English word obsessive comes from English obsess, English -ive

Detailed word origin of obsessive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
obsess English (eng) (intransitive, colloquial, construed with over) To think or talk obsessively about.. (passive, constructed with "with") To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion.. (transitive) To dominate the thoughts of someone.
-ive English (eng) An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.
obsessive English (eng) Excessive, as results from obsession.. Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.. Prone to cause obsession. A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession.

Words with the same origin as obsessive

Descendants of -ive
administrative aggressive competitive explosive investigative manipulative protective secretive