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First attested in the 1530's. From French abusif, from Latin abūsīvus, from abusus + -ivus (“-ive”). Equivalent to abuse + -ive.
He flew into an abusive rage when he saw it.
He must think they were in an abusive relationship.
He'd gone from being tormented by his own mother to the affection of an abusive father who regretted ever having him.
The most obvious example of racial aggravation is where racially abusive language is used.
Denise - She struggles with her abusive son, Jeremy, and he decides to join the Army, She goes back to school to become a nurse.
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