I. adjective 1. extremely offensive and insulting • the goalkeeper was sent off for using abusive language
• he became quite abusive and swore at her.
2. engaging in or characterized by habitual violence and cruelty • abusive parents
• an abusive relationship.
3. involving injustice or illegality • the abusive and predatory practices of businesses.
II. derivatives 1. abusively /əˈbjuːsɪvli / adverb
2. abusiveness /əˈbjuːsɪvnəs / noun