abusive

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adjective abu·sive \ə-ˈbyü-siv also -ziv\

Definition of abusive

  1. 1a :  using harsh, insulting language an angry and abusive crowdb :  harsh and insulting abusive languagec :  using or involving physical violence or emotional cruelty abusive behavior an abusive husband an abusive relationship

  2. 2 :  characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially :  corrupt abusive financial practices

abusively

adverb

abusiveness

noun

Examples of abusive in a sentence

  1. The fans yelled abusive comments to the referee.

  2. protecting wives from abusive husbands

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First Known Use of abusive

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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


Law Dictionary

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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