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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
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Examples of ABUSIVE

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

First Known Use of ABUSIVE

1583
ABUSIVELY Defined for Kids

abusive

adjective abu·sive \ə-ˈbyü-siv, -ziv\

Definition of ABUSIVE for Kids

1
:  using or involving harmful treatment
2
:  using harsh insulting language <abusive comments>

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