Pronunciation: (u-byOO'siv), [key]
1. using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks.
2. treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, esp. physically: his abusive handling of the horse.
3. wrongly used; corrupt: an abusive exercise of power.
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