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abusive

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Pronunciation: /əˈbjuːsɪv
 
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Definition of abusive in English:

adjective

1Extremely offensive and insulting: the goalkeeper was sent off for using abusive language he became quite abusive and swore at her
More example sentences
  • Mrs Walsh said the four men arrested for abusive language hurled insults at the police outside the pub after staff helped officers to clear the bar.
  • Individuals should not be allowed to run amok insulting and using abusive language against one another.
  • The other victim came out and both girls shouted at them using extremely abusive language.
Synonyms
2Engaging in or characterized by habitual violence and cruelty: abusive parents an abusive relationship
More example sentences
  • The gratuitous gossip included claims of domestic violence, adultery and abusive relationships.
  • She struggled through divorce, life as a single parent, abusive relationships and another rocky marriage.
  • I was in a particularly nasty marriage, a violent and abusive relationship that started the day after the wedding.
Synonyms
3Involving injustice or illegality: the abusive and predatory practices of businesses
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

abusively

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

abusiveness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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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