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What is abuse, what is neglect and what is just being strict?

I hear the words abuse thrown around on here so much I wondered what YOUR definition of it is.

a·buse (-byz) KEY

a·bused , a·bus·ing , a·bus·es
To use wrongly or improperly; misuse: abuse alcohol; abuse a privilege.
To hurt or injure by maltreatment; ill-use.
To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
Obsolete To deceive or trick.
Improper use or handling; misuse: abuse of authority; drug abuse.
Physical maltreatment: spousal abuse.
Sexual abuse.
An unjust or wrongful practice: a government that commits abuses against its citizens.
Insulting or coarse language: verbal abuse.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:17 PM on Feb. 5, 2009 in Just for Fun

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Answers (1)
  • Abuse comes in many different ways then the written word. This should be an interesting read.

    Answer by mistynights234 at 2:22 PM on Feb. 5, 2009