[ 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.
Words nearby abusive
OTHER WORDS FROM abusive
a·bu·sive·ly, adverba·bu·sive·ness, nounnon·a·bu·sive, adjectivenon·a·bu·sive·ly, adverb
non·a·bu·sive·ness, nouno·ver·a·bu·sive, adjectiveo·ver·a·bu·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·a·bu·sive·ness, nounun·a·bu·sive, adjectiveun·a·bu·sive·ly, adverbun·a·bu·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-abusive
/ (əˈbjuːsɪv) /
characterized by insulting or coarse language
characterized by maltreatment
incorrectly used; corrupt
Derived forms of abusiveabusively, adverbabusiveness, noun
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