abrasive

[ uh-brey-siv, -ziv ]
/ əˈbreɪ sɪv, -zɪv /

noun

any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper.

adjective

tending to abrade; causing abrasion; abrading.
tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive: an abrasive personality.

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Origin of abrasive

1870–75; < Latin abrās(us) (see abrasion) + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM abrasive

a·bra·sive·ly, adverba·bra·sive·ness, nounun·a·bra·sive, adjectiveun·a·bra·sive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for abrasive

abrasive
/ (əˈbreɪsɪv) /

noun

a substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing

adjective

causing abrasion; grating; rough
irritating in manner or personality; causing tension or annoyance

Derived forms of abrasive

abrasiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for abrasive

abrasive
[ ə-brāsĭv ]

adj.

Causing abrasion.

n.

A material used to produce abrasion.
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