- The definition of abusive is something that is improperly used or someone that causes harm.
- An example of abusive is a husband who hits his wife.
- An example of abusive is the behavior of a child who bangs his new video game on the ground.
A woman acting in an abusive manner.
- involving or characterized by abuse or misuse; abusing; mistreating
- coarse and insulting in language; scurrilous; harshly scolding
Origin of abusiveFrench abusif ; from Classical Latin abusivus ; from abusus: see abuse
- Characterized by improper or wrongful use: abusive utilization of public funds.
- Using or containing insulting or hurtful language: finally reprimanded the abusive colleague.
- Causing physical injury to another: abusive punishment.
- Relating to or practicing sexual abuse.
(comparative more abusive, superlative most abusive)
- Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller
- (archaic) Catachrestic. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- An abusive lampoon. - Samuel Johnson A dictionary of the English language
- (archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
- The abusive prerogatives of his see. - Hallam
- Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.