recreational drug

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recreational drug (plural recreational drugs)

  1. A psychoactive drug taken deliberately for the effect it has on the mind rather than for its medicinal effects.
    Synonyms: recreational pharmaceutical; see also Thesaurus:recreational drug

Usage notes

  • A drug consumed in connection with forms of recreation other than inducing pleasant or entertaining psychological states, for example a libido-enhancing drug or a performance-enhancing drug taken to augment competitive ability in an athletic event, is not described as a recreational drug.