a) Prone to cause obsession

The idea is too tempting, its obsessive

b) 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

2. noun
A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession

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