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abrasive

adjective uk   /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/ us  

abrasive adjective (PERSON)

rude and unfriendly: She has a rather abrasive manner. He can sometimes be quite abrasive in meetings.Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour

abrasive adjective (CLEANING SUBSTANCE)

An abrasive substance is slightly rough, and often used for cleaning surfaces: an abrasive cleaner/powder/liquidCleaning agents
abrasively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour
abrasiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour

abrasive

noun [C] uk   /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/ us  
a substance used for rubbing away the surface of something, usually to clean it or make it shiny: You'll need a strong abrasive for cleaning this sink.Rough, irregular and unevenCleaning agents
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