infectious

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[In*fec┬Ětious]

Infectious means able to be spread by infection, like a disease that spreads from one person to another. You'll be uncomfortable shaking Uncle Marvin's hand if you're worried that warts are infectious.

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Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic; as, an infectious fever; infectious clothing; infectious air; infectious vices.

Adjective
easily spread; "fear is exceedlingly infectious; children catch it from their elders"- Bertrand Russell

Adjective S.
caused by infection or capable of causing infection; "viruses and other infective agents"; "a carrier remains infective without himself showing signs of the disease"

Adjective
of or relating to infection; "infectious hospital"; "infectious disease"


a.
Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic; as, an infectious fever; infectious clothing; infectious air; infectious vices.

a.
Corrupting, or tending to corrupt or contaminate; vitiating; demoralizing.

a.
Contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure and forfeiture.

a.
Capable of being easily diffused or spread; sympathetic; readily communicated; as, infectious mirth.


Infectious

In*fec"tious , a. [Cf. F. infectieux.] 1. Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic; as, an infectious fever; infectious clothing; infectious air; infectious vices.
Where the infectious pestilence.
2. Corrupting, or tending to corrupt or contaminate; vitiating; demoralizing.
It [the court] is necessary for the polishing of manners . . . but it is infectious even to the best morals to live always in it.
3. (Law) Contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure and forfeiture.
Contraband articles are said to be of an infectious nature.
4. Capable of being easily diffused or spread; sympathetic; readily communicated; as, infectious mirth.
The laughter was so genuine as to be infectious.
Syn. -- See Contagious.

Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic; as, an infectious fever; infectious clothing; infectious air; infectious vices.

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Usage Examples

My dad had a personal style which was very attractive. It was quite reserved and quite elegant, and it was infectious.

In today's world, it is shortsighted to think that infectious diseases cannot cross borders. By allowing developing countries access to generic drugs, we not only help improve health in those nations, we also help ourselves control these debilitating and often deadly diseases.

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Other Usage Examples

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.

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