Definition of maltreatment in English:

maltreatment

Syllabification: mal·treat·ment
Pronunciation: /malˈtrētmənt
 
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noun

  • Cruel or violent treatment of a person or animal; mistreatment: 16 percent of children experience serious maltreatment at the hands of their parents
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    • According to national newspapers he has claimed abuse and maltreatment by his captors and dismissed their claims as a fabrication.
    • It includes domestic violence, child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment of elders.
    • We don't like thinking about child abuse and maltreatment.

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