Abusive Definition

ə-byo͝osĭv, -zĭv
adjective
Characterized by improper or wrongful use.
Abusive utilization of public funds.
American Heritage
Coarse and insulting in language; scurrilous; harshly scolding.
Webster's New World
Involving or characterized by abuse or misuse; abusing; mistreating.
Webster's New World
Causing physical injury to another.
Abusive punishment.
American Heritage
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.
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Origin of Abusive

  • First attested in the 1530's. From French abusif, from Latin abūsīvus, from abusus + -ivus (“-ive”). Equivalent to abuse +‎ -ive.

    From Wiktionary

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