abusive


abu·sive

adjective \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

1583

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: abustle
Previous Word in the Dictionary: abusion
All Words Near: abusive

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up abusive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More