Associations to the word «Abusive»

Wiktionary

ABUSIVE, adjective. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
ABUSIVE, adjective. (archaic) Catachrestic. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
ABUSIVE, adjective. (archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
ABUSIVE, adjective. Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
ABUSIVE, adjective. (obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent. [Attested only from the early to mid 17th century.]
ABUSIVE, adjective. (archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
ABUSIVE, adjective. (obsolete) Given to misusing. [Attested only in the mid 17th century.]
ABUSIVE, adjective. Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.

Dictionary definition

ABUSIVE, adjective. Expressing offensive reproach.
ABUSIVE, adjective. Characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive".

Wise words

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