Definition of abusive in English:


Line breaks: abu|sive
Pronunciation: /əˈbjuːsɪv


  • 3Involving injustice or illegality: the abusive and predatory practices of businesses
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    • Society increasingly perceives individuals to be passive victims of abusive and predatory corporations.
    • What they are not willing to do, however, is take part in what they view as an illegal and abusive occupation.
    • The previous day, an Athens court ruled that the strike was illegal and abusive.



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  • The pace is frenetic: women's heels click the sidewalks with conviction, mobile phones are spoken into earnestly, and cars honk their horns abusively.
  • Scilla begins by explaining that she wants to know how to be powerful in a way which enables her to respond effectively when she sees power being abused, and yet not use her own power abusively.
  • And many of them were treated horribly and abusively.


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  • Due to his unruly behaviour, which included rudeness and abusiveness, the management was forced to ban him from using these facilities.
  • The students took their charge seriously, suggesting rules such as: ‘No violence or abusiveness - either physical or verbal’ and ‘Come to class on time and prepared.’
  • I've had a policy of not editing comments of others, regardless of abusiveness.

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