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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 Murder and Violent Crime (2003)

by Eric Hickey, Ph.D.

Abusive abdominal trauma has a high rate of death; it is the leading cause of abuse-related death in children outside the shaken baby age range. Perhaps the main reason for the lethality of this injury is the prolonged time between the injury ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Even after leaving the abusive relationship, women are still at risk for long-term health problems. For example, Wuest et al. (2008) found that women who have left an abusive relationship for 20 months or longer continue to experience chronic ...

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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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