Definition of abusive
- an angry and abusive crowd
- abusive language
- abusive behavior
- an abusive husband
- an abusive relationship
- abusive financial practices
The fans yelled abusive comments to the referee.
protecting wives from abusive husbands
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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