abusive Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “abusive” in the English Dictionary

"abusive" in British English

See all translations

abusiveadjective

uk   us   /əˈbjuː.sɪv/
C2 using ​rude and ​offensive words: an abusive ​letter/​phonecall He was ​apparently abusive to the ​flightattendants.
More examples
(Definition of abusive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abusive" in American English

See all translations

abusiveadjective

 us   /əˈbju·sɪv, -zɪv/
treating someone ​badly or ​cruelly, esp. ​physically: He was a very ​strictparent, but never abusive.
(Definition of abusive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"abusive" in Business English

See all translations

abusiveadjective

uk   us   /əˈbjuːsɪv/
using rude and ​offensive words: She was ​sacked for ​sending an abusive ​email to a ​colleague. abusive ​calls/comments/​language
involving ​bad or wrong use of something or ​treatment of someone, especially for your own ​advantage: The ​formerchairman was ​found guilty of abusive ​practices and ​banned from ​buying or ​sellingshares. Workers ​complained of abusive ​conditions, where they were ​forced to ​work 18 ​hours a day.
(Definition of abusive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of abusive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More