- 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 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.
- NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪvnəs//noun [uncountable]
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