abusive

adjective
abu·​sive | \ ə-ˈbyü-siv also -ziv How to pronounce abusive (audio) \

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

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Other Words from abusive

abusively adverb
abusiveness noun

Examples of abusive in a Sentence

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

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The 60-year-old Sara Netanyahu in particular has been accused of excessive spending, using public money for her private, extravagant tastes and for abusive behavior toward her personal staff. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israeli PM’s wife sentenced, fined for misusing state funds," 16 June 2019 Of the four who were our employees, three had already been terminated prior to us being made aware months ago of the undercover ARM operation, as they were identified by their co-workers as being abusive of our animals and reported to management. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Fair Oaks Farms under investigation after undercover video exposes animal abuse," 7 June 2019 Five people were identified in the video as having taken part in the abusive behavior. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "What we know about the alleged animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms," 7 June 2019 Gypsy Rose Blanchard is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for her mother's murder The fake diagnoses, tests, and abusive behavior went on for as long as Gypsy Rose could take it. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 He was released, but Ankara paid no real price for its abusive behavior. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "Fixing Interpol’s Dictator Problem," 10 Feb. 2019 Twitter’s new efforts here will prompt reviewers to take a closer look at those users: people who are repeatedly reported for being abusive. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Twitter says that it will begin suspending repeatedly abusive Periscope commenters," 28 July 2018 People in abusive relationships often have a hard time trusting their inner voice. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Helpful Things to Say to Someone in an Abusive Relationship—and 3 to Avoid," 23 May 2019 The play invites the audience to walk through a house where the cast enacts abusive relationships. Beatrice Christofaro, Fox News, "Despite strong laws, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of abusive

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for abusive

borrowed from Anglo-French abusif "misplaced, wrong, in error," borrowed from Late Latin abūsīvus "misused, catachrestic," from Latin abūsus, past participle of abūtī "to abuse entry 2" + -īvus -ive

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abusive

adjective
abu·​sive | \ ə-ˈbyü-siv How to pronounce abusive (audio) , -ziv\

Kids Definition of abusive

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

abusive

adjective
abu·​sive | \ ə-ˈbyü-siv, -ziv How to pronounce abusive (audio) \

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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abusively adverb

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