any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper.
- a·bra·sive·ly, adverb
- a·bra·sive·ness, noun
- un·a·bra·sive, adjective
- un·a·bra·sive·ly, adverb
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How to use abrasive in a sentence
When in disagreement, Scalia became known for the “abrasiveness of his attacks against opponents.”The Outside Game of Justice Scalia, a Loner With Clout | David Fontana | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British leaders from Margaret Thatcher back to Winston Churchill thrived on steely abrasiveness rather than charm.
British Dictionary definitions for abrasive
a substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing
causing abrasion; grating; rough
irritating in manner or personality; causing tension or annoyance
- abrasiveness, noun
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