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"abusive" in British English

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abusiveadjective

uk   /əˈbjuː.sɪv/  us   /əˈbjuː.sɪv/
C2 using rude and offensive words: an abusive letter/phone call He was apparently abusive to the flight attendants.

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"abusive" in American English

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abusiveadjective

 us   /əˈbju·sɪv, -zɪv/
treating someone badly or cruelly, esp. physically: He was a very strict parent, 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 former chairman was found guilty of abusive practices and banned from buying or selling shares. 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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