: characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially : corrupt <abusive financial practices>
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
- The fans yelled abusive comments to the referee.
- protecting wives from abusive husbands
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Rhymes with ABUSIVE
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