What does abusive mean?

Definitions for abusive
əˈbyu sɪvabu·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abusive, opprobrious, scurrilousadjective

    expressing offensive reproach

  2. abusiveadjective

    characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

    "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"


  1. abusiveadjective

    Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.

    I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller

  2. abusiveadjective

    Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.

  3. abusiveadjective

    Being physically injurious.

  4. abusiveadjective

    Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.

  5. abusiveadjective

    Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.

  6. Etymology: First attested in the 1530's. See abusif, from abusivus, corresponding to

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abusiveadjective

    Etymology: from abuse.

    The tongue mov’d gently first, and speech was low,
    Till wrangling science taught it noise and show,
    And wicked wit arose, thy most abusive foe. Alexander Pope, Miscell.

    Dame Nature, as the learned show,
    Provides each animal its foe;
    Hounds hunt the hare, the wily fox
    Devours your geese, the wolf your flocks.
    Thus envy pleads a natural claim,
    To persecute the muse’s fame,
    On poets in all times abusive,
    From down to Pope inclusive. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    Next, Comedy appear’d with great applause,
    Till her licentious and abusive tongue
    Waken’d the magistrates coercive pow’r. Wentworth Dillon.

    It is verified by a number of examples, that whatsoever is gained by an abusive treaty, ought to be restored in integrum. Francis Bacon, Considerations on War with Spain.


  1. abusive

    Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression. To these descriptions, one can also add the Kantian notion of the wrongness of using another human being as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves. Some sources describe abuse as "socially constructed", which means there may be more or less recognition of the suffering of a victim at different times and societies.


  1. abusive

    Abusive refers to a behavior characterized by the improper use of power or control, often through actions and words, that can cause harm or distress to others. This can appear in various forms such as physical, mental, emotional, or sexual. It typically involves a pattern of behavior over time that includes manipulation, dominance, threats, intimidation, or violence.

  2. abusive

    Abusive refers to a behavior that is cruel, violent, and repeatedly harmful, either physically, emotionally, sexually or verbally towards another person or entity. It is characterized by the misuse of power or control, usually intended to intimidate, humiliate, manipulate, degrade, exploit or unjustifiably harm the other party.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abusiveadjective

    wrongly used; perverted; misapplied

  2. Abusiveadjective

    given to misusing; also, full of abuses

  3. Abusiveadjective

    practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow

  4. Abusiveadjective

    containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous

  5. Abusiveadjective

    tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abusive in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abusive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of abusive in a Sentence

  1. Bobby Brown:

    She [Bobbi Kristina] unfortunately was stuck in an abusive relationship with a man that– with a boy I should say, that basically controlled her to the point where her life was taken.

  2. Bill Bennett:

    The other thing that's notable here [in many of the school shooting cases] is the abusive relationships. Damned if I can figure it out — in this age of sensitivity, of sensitivity toward women and the treatment of women — but almost all of these guys were abusers of their girlfriends. Physical abusers. in a lot of these cases, it was the teachers who put out the alerts, raised the alarms, that there was a problem [with a student] — it was the teacher at [Nikolas] Cruz's school in Parkland who put out the word about the problems.

  3. Lindsey Boylan:

    From the beginning, I simply asked that the Governor stop his abusive behavior, it became abundantly clear he was unable to do that, instead attacking and blaming victims until the end. It is a tragedy that so many stood by and watched these abuses happen.

  4. Daniel Reitz:

    I was adopted at age 9. I came from a sexually abusive family, they separated me and my brothers at a really young age and it tore me apart really bad.

  5. Erika Sanzi:

    Nobody has any right to be pushing this ideology, or any other ideology, on young children, there is a solid argument to be made that burdening 5- and 6-year-olds in this way is emotionally and psychologically abusive.

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