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Definition of abrasive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    abrasive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1 (of a person or their manner) rude and unkind; acting in a way that may hurt other people's feelings an abrasive style/tone/comment Throughout his career he was known for his abrasive manner.
  2. 2 an abrasive substance is rough and can be used to clean a surface or to make it smooth abrasive kitchen cleaners Rub down with an abrasive pad.
  3. NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪvli//
     
    adverb
  4. abrasiveness
     
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  5. NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪvnəs//
     
    noun [uncountable]
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