Definition of abusive
1a : using harsh, insulting language <an angry and abusive crowd>b : harsh and insulting <abusive language>c : using or involving physical violence or emotional cruelty <abusive behavior> <an abusive husband> <an abusive relationship>
2 : characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially : corrupt <abusive financial practices>
Examples of abusive in a sentence
The fans yelled abusive comments to the referee.
protecting wives from abusive husbands
First Known Use of abusive
ABUSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of abusive for Students
1 : using or involving harmful treatment
2 : using harsh insulting language <abusive comments>
Legal Definition of abusive
1 : characterized by wrong or improper use or action <abusive tax shelters>
2 : inflicting verbal or physical abuse <abusive parents>
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