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Abusive

Tending to deceive; practicing abuse; prone to ill-treat by coarse, insulting words or harmful acts. Using ill treatment; injurious, improper, hurtful, offensive, reproachful.

Using abusive language, even though offensive, is not criminal unless it amounts to fighting words that, by their very utterance, tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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--the rejection of the plaintiff's claim to the court of law when it finds that he/she has abusively exercised a subjective right.
He spoke to Martin who confirmed she had asked Munro if she would play but the player had responded abusively.
"China urges the United States to respect the WTO rulings and correct its wrongdoings of abusively using trade remedy measures, and to ensure an environment of fair competition for Chinese enterprises," said China's foreign trade ministry in a statement.
"What this is all about is that some people drink a lot and fall asleep; but you drink a lot and then behave abusively."
When someone has been treating you badly or abusively, you are far better off being on your own.
When partners treat each other disrespectfully and abusively, they are better off apart.
A toy horse, its head abusively bound in burlap, has glanced at us but now avoids our eye as if fearing more punishment.
The famous comic poet Aristophanes, who used obscene language abusively, satirised everything and everybody in his plays, including the gods, even the dead (e.g.
Asked about the allegation that civil servants had been spoken to abusively, Mr Dent said: "I don't know what they're talking about".
Third, foreign powers such as Russia, the British Empire and France were negatively and abusively influential in the emergence of the Armenian question, and their insistence on interfering with the matter makes Turks understandably more defensive.
Nearly 150 thousand hectares dedicated to the production of mushrooms earlier held by family members of the ousted president were abusively fragmented after the Revolution, she pointed out.