Abusive meaning

ə-byo͝o'sĭv, -zĭv
Involving or characterized by abuse or misuse; abusing; mistreating.
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Coarse and insulting in language; scurrilous; harshly scolding.
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Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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(archaic) Catachrestic. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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(archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
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(archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
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Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
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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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Characterized by improper or wrongful use.

Abusive utilization of public funds.

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Using or containing insulting or hurtful language.

Finally reprimanded the abusive colleague.

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Causing physical injury to another.

Abusive punishment.

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Relating to or practicing sexual abuse.
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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