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definition of the word abusive

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See French abusif, from Latin abusivus

abusive (comparative more abusive, superlative most abusive)


more abusive

most abusive

  1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
    I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller
  2. (archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
    • The abusive prerogatives of his see. - Hallam
  3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.
  4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  5. (obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.
    • An abusive treaty. - Bacon

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