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Definition of the adjective abusive

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adjective - degrees: more abusive / most abusive

  1. expressing offensive reproach
  2. characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment
    • examples: abusive punishment | argued...that foster homes are abusive
    • similar: harmful

Alternative definition of the adjective abusive


  1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
  2. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an 'abusive' author; an 'abusive' fellow.
  3. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  4. [obsolete] Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.


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Google previewEncyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology (2006)

by Yo Jackson

collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provide a window on the demographic breakdown of individuals who have been arrested for perpetrating sexually abusive behaviors.

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My ballets belong to my dancers and to the public. They can do with them what they will... I'm not an abusive father, or possessive. Anyway, I have no sense of property. (Maurice Bejart)
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Scrabble value of A1B3U1S1I1V4E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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