how to pronounce abusive


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The above transcription of abusive is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

abusive is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of abusive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… get rude they get abusive and they can …”

meanings of abusive


  1. Catachrestic.
  2. Prone to treat someone badly by coarse, insulting words or other maltreatment; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  3. Being physically or emotionally injurious; characterized by repeated violence or other abuse.
  4. Tending to deceive; fraudulent.
  5. Tending to misuse; practising or containing abuse.
  6. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal.

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