Abusive

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Abusive Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"
  • expressing offensive reproach

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  • Abusive supervision: Abusive supervision is most commonly studied in the context of the workplace, although can arise in other areas such as in the household and at school
  • Power and control in abusive relationships: abusive relationships (or coercive control or controlling behaviour) is the way that abusers gain and maintain control over a victim for an abusive purpose
  • Abusive language (law): The use of abusive language to another person is illegal in a small number of U.S. states. Offenders are typically charged with this offense in conjunction
  • The Abusive Hosts Blocking List: The Abusive Hosts Blocking List was an internet abuse tracking and filtering system developed by The Summit Open Source Development Group, and based on
  • Abusive head trauma: Abusive head trauma (AHT), also known as shaken baby syndrome (SBS), is a constellation of medical findings (often referred to as a "triad"): subdural
  • Parish transfers of abusive priests: The parish transfers of abusive priests were a pastoral practice that greatly contributed to the aggravation of Catholic sex abuse cases. Some bishops

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* The wise determine from the gravity of the case the irritable, from sensibility to oppression the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands. - Edmund Burke


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