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Meaning of “abusive” in the English Dictionary

"abusive" in British English

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abusiveadjective

uk   us   /əˈbjuː.sɪv/
C2 using ​rude and ​offensive words: an abusive ​letter/​phonecall He was ​apparently abusive to the ​flightattendants.

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(Definition of abusive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abusive" in American English

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abusiveadjective

 us   /əˈbju·sɪv, -zɪv/
treating someone ​badly or ​cruelly, esp. ​physically: He was a very ​strictparent, but never abusive.
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"abusive" in Business English

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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)
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