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Meaning of ABUSIVE

Pronunciation:  u'byoosiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"
  2. [adj]  expressing offensive reproach
 

ABUSIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: harmful, insulting, offensive, opprobrious, scornful, scurrilous
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\A*bu"sive\, a. [Cf. F. abusif, fr. L. abusivus.]
1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.

         I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament
         improperly, according to the abusive acceptation
         thereof.                              --Fuller.

2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. [Archaic] ``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. ``An abusive
   lampoon.'' --Johnson.

5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating. [Obs.] ``An
   abusive treaty.'' --Bacon.

Syn: Reproachful; scurrilous; opprobrious; insolent;
     insulting; injurious; offensive; reviling.

 
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