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Definition of abusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    abusive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//əˈbyusɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1(of speech or of a person) rude and offensive; criticizing rudely and unfairly abusive language/remarks He became abusive when he was drunk.
  2. 2(of behavior) involving violence an abusive relationship
abusively adverb
 
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: abusive