Definition of abusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈbjuːsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːsɪv//
    Describing unpleasant traits
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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. He was fined for making abusive comments to the referee. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  2. 2(of behaviour) involving violence an abusive relationship
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abusive