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English definition of “abusive”

abusive

adjective     /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 adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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