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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.

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We used the Spanish version of the GPA (GPA-S; Almendros et al., 2004) to assess perceived group abusiveness in order to provide evidence of convergent validity.
1029, 1065-66 (2016) (conceding that there may be overlap between "abusive" and the other two standards, but arguing that the abusiveness prohibition is necessary to prevent actions which might otherwise conform with regulatory requirements, but pass "harmful costs onto consumers").
(23) Patients with SCD developed certain behaviors to get adequate pain medications like keep an eye on the time, immature behavior, somatic complaints, hostile withdrawal, abusiveness, and dependency.
God's love and His potential abusiveness should not therefore be presented as core and counter testimony, but instead understood as two aspects of the same relational dynamic.
Shiite militias have developed a reputation for abusiveness after their behavior in recaptured Sunni territory.
Intimate abusiveness. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2(3), 207-224.
Weinstein, Some Reflections on the "Abusiveness" of Class Actions, 58 F.R.D.
The crisis also threw the spotlight on the routine abusiveness of Kenya's police, which had long been characterized by an ethos and operational approach to policing that emphasized public control and the reinforcement of central power.
Just three weeks earlier, Naghmeh announced that she was abandoning her public activity for several months because of her husband's abusiveness.
Examples of the unethical abusiveness of the AKP to which E[pounds sterling]nal referred as "emotional vampirism" are countless.
Here, we are reminded of Lawrence for whom Hester is a "gentle devil" desiring to revenge herself upon the male species for all their abusiveness and oppression" (Lawrence, 1977, p.
Current literature and data suggest that abusiveness will continue unless education program for skill development are instituted and actions to establish, enforce and measure zero-tolerance policies are implemented.