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abusive

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

Simple Definition of abusive

  • : using harsh and insulting language

  • : using or involving physical violence or emotional cruelty

Full Definition of abusive

  1. 1 :  characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially :  corrupt <abusive financial practices>

  2. 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


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