AskDefine | Define abusive

Dictionary Definition

abusive adj
1 expressing offensive reproach [syn: insulting, opprobrious, scornful, scurrilous]
2 characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"

User Contributed Dictionary



See abusif, from abusivus




  1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
    I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller
  2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
    • The abusive prerogatives of his see. - Hallam
  3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.
  4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.
    • An abusive treaty. - Bacon




  1. Feminine plural form of abusivo

Extensive Definition

Abuse refers to the use or treatment of something (a person, item, substance, concept, or vocabulary) that is seen as harmful.
Several types of abuse include:
abusive in Catalan: Abús
abusive in German: Missbrauch
abusive in French: Maltraitance
abusive in Italian: Abuso
abusive in Hebrew: התעללות
abusive in Hungarian: Visszaélés
abusive in Japanese: 虐待
abusive in Polish: Abuse (internet)
abusive in Portuguese: Abuso
abusive in Romanian: Abuz
abusive in Russian: Злоупотребление
abusive in Sicilian: Abbusu
abusive in Simple English: Abuse
abusive in Turkish: İstismar
abusive in Yiddish: באלעסטיגן

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