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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

abusively adverb
abusiveness noun

ABUSIVE Defined for Kids

abusive

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adjective abu·sive \ə-ˈbyü-siv, -ziv\

Definition of abusive for Students

  1. 1 :  using or involving harmful treatment

  2. 2 :  using harsh insulting language <abusive comments>




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abusive

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adjective abu·sive \ə-ˈbyü-siv, -ziv\

Legal Definition of abusive

  1. 1 :  characterized by wrong or improper use or action <abusive tax shelters>

  2. 2 :  inflicting verbal or physical abuse <abusive parents>

abusively adverb




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