abusive abusive  /ə ˈbju sɪv/


  1. (adj) expressing offensive reproach
  2. (adj) characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment



  1. Much has been made of Marilyn's desperate personal history, the litany of abusive foster homes and the predatory Hollywood scum that accompanied her wriggle to stardom.
  2. In addition to having to work at night, call center workers must sometimes cope with abusive and racist remarks from overseas customers upset with jobs being shifted to India.
  3. Witness Alberto Mora, the Navy's former top lawyer, called the abusive interrogation program a "mistake of massive proportions.


  1. Father arrested after daughter's abusive boyfriend shot, Sanford police say

    A Sanford father was arrested early Tuesday after admitting that he shot his daughter's abusive boyfriend, a police report states.        
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Orlando Sentinel

  2. Snowden claims online Obama expanded 'abusive' security programs

    A series of blog posts on Monday purportedly by Edward Snowden said he leaked classified details about U.S. surveillance programs because President Barack Obama worsened "abusive" practices instead of curtailing them as he promised as a candidate.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. Teacher fired after abusive ex-husband released from jail

    EL CAJON, Calif. — A teacher lost her job after her abusive ex-husband was released from jail. School authorities were...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: FOX 4 Kansas City


  1. "We at the Federal Reserve will do all that we can to prevent fraud and abusive lending and to ensure that lenders employ sound underwriting practices and make effective disclosures to consumers," Bernanke said in remarks prepared for a...
    on May 17, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. On whether there would be any more entries into Congress, he said, "just wait and watch. The comments feature has been suspended until further notice because of the posting of abusive and objectionable comments.
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Gordon Brown Source: Herald Publications

  3. Writing separately, Ginsburg said the assistant principal's treatment of Redding "was abusive and it was not reasonable for him to believe that the law permitted it."
    on Jun 26, 2009 By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: Columbus Dispatch

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /