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Describing ways of treating people

abusive

adjective

used for describing situations in which people are treated in a cruel or violent way

brotherly

adjective

if a man’s behaviour towards a woman is brotherly, he likes her a lot but he does not love her in a romantic way

conveyor belt

noun

used in a negative way to refer to situations in which people are treated as if they are products in a factory

demeaning

adjective

demeaning behaviour or treatment makes people have less respect for you

exploitative

adjective

treating people unfairly in order to get some benefit for yourself

indulgent

adjective

allowing someone to do or have what they want

indulgent

adjective

treating someone with kindness, especially when you should be strict

ingratiating

adjective

done in an attempt to get someone’s approval

lenient

adjective

if a person or system is lenient, they punish someone less severely than they could

light-touch

adjective

not very detailed or severe

nurture

noun

the care and attention given to something or someone in order to help them to develop

permissive

adjective

allowing someone a large amount of freedom to behave as they choose, especially in relation to sex

punishment

noun

rough treatment that a person or thing suffers

abusively

adverb

grovelling

adjective

indulgently

adverb

ingratiatingly

adverb

leniently

adverb

nepotistic

adjective

sycophantic

adjective

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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