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abusive

abusive

adjective abu·sive \ə-ˈbyü-siv also -ziv\

: using harsh and insulting language

: using or involving physical violence or emotional cruelty

Full Definition of ABUSIVE

1
:  characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially :  corrupt <abusive financial practices>
2
a :  using harsh insulting language <an angry and abusive crowd>
b :  characterized by or serving for abuse <abusive language>
c :  physically injurious <abusive behavior>
abu·sive·ly adverb
abu·sive·ness noun

Examples of ABUSIVE

  1. The fans yelled abusive comments to the referee.
  2. protecting wives from abusive husbands

First Known Use of ABUSIVE

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