[ US /əbˈjusɪv/ ]
[ UK /ɐbjˈuːsɪv/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. expressing offensive reproach
  2. characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment
    abusive punishment
    argued...that foster homes are abusive
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How To Use abusive In A Sentence

  • The film also stars Jared Leto as Alexander's special boyhood chum, Rosario Dawson as his sex-starved wife, Angelina Jolie as his nagging mother and Val Kilmer as his abusive father.
  • United Brands produced bananas, and was accused of a variety of abusive practices which were said to infringe Article 86.
  • Individuals should not be allowed to run amok insulting and using abusive language against one another.
  • A high percentage of their investmetns were tax shelters andthey are featured in the 2003 and 2005 Senate reports on abusive tax shelter promotion. Updates On The Clintons' Tax Returns
  • Both players were found guilty of foul and abusive language towards the match official during Acorn's defeat to Normanton Knights on November 20.
  • None of this is an argument for staying in unhappy or abusive relationships. Times, Sunday Times
  • Congress recently acted to deny trade preferences to countries that fail to meet their legal obligations to end such abusive child labor.
  • She does strange things, talks to herself and has become abusive to her husband. The Sun
  • Posting of slanderous, libelous, abusive or defamatory material is totally prohibited.
  • A key component of that warfare by the ubër rich was to emaciate or destroy the unions through new laws restricting unionization, bankruptcy courts killing labor contracts, diversion of pension funds, abusive tactics against organizers, shipping jobs elsewhere and PR campaigns vilifying the very concept of collective bargaining to redress serious economic disadvantages. Sneak Attack
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