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What does abusive mean?
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Abusive is an adjective used to describe a person who abuses a person or an animal—mistreats and causes harm to them. It can also be used to describe such a person’s actions.
The noun abuse refers to such mistreatment. A person who abuses someone can be called an abuser.
The kind of abuse is sometimes specified before the word abusive, as in physically abusive and emotionally abuse.
Example: Just because it’s not physical doesn’t mean it’s not abusive—emotional abuse can leave its own scars.
Where does abusive come from?
The first records of the word abusive come from the 1500s. It’s an adjective form of abuse, which comes from the Latin abūsus, from the Latin verb abūtī, meaning “to misuse.” The prefix ab- means “outside of” or “opposite to.”
When someone is labeled as abusive, it often means they have repeatedly abused someone. We often think of abuse as a repeated behavior, and it often is, but even a single instance of mistreatment qualifies as abuse. Unfortunately, people can be abusive in many ways, and those forms are often specified along with the word. An abusive relationship is one in which one or both of the partners abuses the other.
While the word abuse can be applied to less serious situations (like to refer to the misuse or overuse of objects), abusive almost always refers to the mistreatment of people or animals.
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What are some other forms related to abusive?
- abuse (verb, noun)
- abusively (adverb)
- abusiveness (noun)
- non-abusive (noun)
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How is abusive used in real life?
Abusive is always used negatively to describe an abuser or their actions.
If you are going to be a parent or are one, please, please resolve your issues through therapy. Your kids are ANXIOUS. The amount of stories about abusive parents, in my inbox are evidence of this. Stop projecting on your children, they are adult with ISSUES. I'm begging you.
— Harriet Thee Thugman (@Wicked_Womanist) May 18, 2020
"I’ve got my little black book, which will be published on my deathbed."
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 8, 2020
A break up/divorce is better than an abusive (physical, emotional etc) relationship / marriage.
PASS IT ON 👏
— Chief Servant ⚜️ (@_SelormAdzimah) May 19, 2020
Example sentences from the Web for abusive
Unfortunately, some abusive users were beginning to use Send to distribute malware and as part of spear phishing attacks.
Across the United States, cities are experiencing turbulence and a rise in gun violence following the protests of abusive policing sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs?|by Alec MacGillis|September 3, 2020|ProPublica
Pender told NBC Washington in an interview that he initially had a consensual relationship with Grant and Grant became abusive after Pender ended the relationship.Male staffer accuses Seat Pleasant mayor of sexual harassment|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|August 11, 2020|Washington Blade
Apart from this, Twitter authorities also informed about efforts being taken to automate the removal of abusive and manipulated posts.
So the implication is, you can make your kids stupider by being a bad parent, particularly if you’re abusive or something like that.
They witnessed and experienced the same types of abusive events, Fenner claims.
And so it goes, another chapter written in the mutually abusive relationship of bad government and bad culture.
That would put a real crimp in the dating seminars of a man who actively encourages abusive behavior toward women.
Julien Blanc says he can teach any man to bed women successfully thanks to easy—and very abusive—techniques.
But she was very abusive to the girls, with punishments ranging from being called ugly to getting beaten with a baseball bat.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom|Marlow Stern|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He delivered to the Secretary of State a note abusive and impertinent beyond all example and all endurance.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
One day Captain Bainbridge, of the Essex, was talked to in an abusive way, and said little back.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various
Pointing his musket first at one and then at another, he returned yell for yell, and was in fact abusive.Overland|John William De Forest
If you had not prevented him, that blackguard would have used abusive language to me and ranged himself on your side.
But his vehement and abusive style of declamation could not in debate be compared with the calm reasoning of Castlereagh.Is Ulster Right?|Anonymous