[ uh-byoo-siv ]
/ əˈbyu sɪv /


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

From the Late Latin word abūsīvus, dating back to 1575–85. See abuse, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for abusiveness


/ (əˈbjuːsɪv) /


characterized by insulting or coarse language
characterized by maltreatment
incorrectly used; corrupt

Derived Forms

abusively, adverbabusiveness, noun
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