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abrasive

adjective uk   us   /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/

abrasive adjective (PERSON)

rude and unfriendly: She has a rather abrasive manner. He can sometimes be abrasive in meetings.

abrasive adjective (CLEANING SUBSTANCE)

An abrasive substance is slightly rough, and often used for cleaning surfaces: an abrasive cleaner/powder/liquid
abrasively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
abrasiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

abrasive

noun [C] uk   us   /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/
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.
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