Abusive vs Predatory - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between abusive and predatory

is that abusive is wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal while predatory is of, or relating to a predator.

abusive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal.
  • * I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller
  • (archaic) Catachrestic.
  • (archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse.
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  • Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  • * An abusive lampoon. - A dictionary of the English language
  • (obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent.
  • * An abusive treaty. -
  • (archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
  • * The abusive prerogatives of his see. -
  • (obsolete) Given to misusing.
  • Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
  • Synonyms

    * reproachful, scurrilous, opprobrious, insolent, insulting, injurious, offensive, reviling, berating, vituperative

    Derived terms

    * abusively * abusiveness

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    predatory

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of, or relating to a predator.
  • Living by preying on other living animals.
  • (figuratively) Exploiting or victimizing others for personal gain.
  • Derived terms

    * predatory pricing

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