Nonabusive

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The adjective nonabusive (also spelled non-abusive) means "not constituting abuse".

The word is used in contexts where an action or behaviour can be abusive, but not all occurrences of it are necessarily abusive. For example, a parent can spank their child in a nonabusive manner or in an abusive manner. The former means doing it appropriately in all respects and in a safe distance from any line where it would cross over to abuse. Any spanking that is, for example, one of the following:—too hard, too often, inappropriately, undeserved, out of anger—is likely to be abusive.

If a writer wants to refer only to those forms of spanking that are not abusive, e.g. in scientific or political contexts, it can be necessary to make this specific reference clear.

Thesaurus[edit]

  • non-excessive
  • nonviolent (also spelled non-violent)
  • appropriate
  • reasonable
  • moderate
  • proper
  • fair

Examples in publications[edit]

  • RE Larzelere: A review of the outcomes of parental use of nonabusive or customary physical punishment. - Pediatrics, 1996 - American Academy of Pediatrics