abusive /əˈbjuːsɪv/


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 /

2. abusiveness /əˈbjuːsɪvnəs /

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