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Definition of abrasive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. 2an 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//
  4. abrasiveness
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  5. NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪvnəs//
    noun [uncountable]
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