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Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Most of the cases are from the group between 11 and 15 years and feature physical abuse between classmates, and we do have cases among the younger lot as well but they are comparatively fewer, though some of them may be severe.
Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate whether health professionals (dentists, physicians and nurses) perceive and report physical abuse in children/adolescents.
Detectives were unable to progress their inquiry because the man's claims of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of three Jesuit priests and a lay teacher lacked corroboration He said: "People describe it as historic sex abuse but it never leaves you.
Physical abuse of a child is when a parent or caregiver causes any non-accidental physical injury to a child11.
David McClure, 62, Alan Bramley, 69, and Kevin Blakely, 65, will answer charges of misconduct and physical abuse.
Bad effect: Physical abuse at home has been associated with decreases in children's cognitive performance.
The authors cover the history of child abuse and child protection laws in the United States, physical abuse indicators, physical abusers, the long-term effects of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and many other related issues.
Apart from sexual abuse, 9% of adults who took part in the survey said they had suffered psychological abuse and 7% physical abuse. Some 8% said they had witnessed domestic violence or abuse at home.
Objective: The objectives of this study were to assess incidence of verbal and physical abuse of neurology nurses, identify their coping strategies, and explore relationships between demographic characteristics, incidence, and coping strategies.
According to estimates published by Catholic News Agency, one-third of the choir probably suffered some form of physical abuse.
Dubai Police recorded 54 complaints of physical abuse against children in 2014, compared to 37 complaints so far during 2015.