Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks. treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, especially physically: his abusive handling of the horse. wrongly used; corrupt: an abusive exercise of power. Origin of abusive
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-ive Related forms a·bu·sive·ly, adverb a·bu·sive·ness, noun non·a·bu·sive, adjective non·a·bu·sive·ly, adverb non·a·bu·sive·ness, noun o·ver·a·bu·sive, adjective o·ver·a·bu·sive·ly, adverb o·ver·a·bu·sive·ness, noun un·a·bu·sive, adjective un·a·bu·sive·ly, adverb un·a·bu·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unabusive characterized by insulting or coarse language characterized by maltreatment incorrectly used; corrupt Derived Forms abusively, adverb abusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unabusive abusive adj.
1530s (implied in
abusively), originally "improper," from Middle French abusif, from Latin abusivus, from abus-, past participle stem of abuti (see abuse (v.)). Meaning "full of abuse" is from 1580s. Abuseful was used 17c., and Shakespeare has abusious ("Taming of the Shrew," 1594). Related: Abusiveness.
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