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n. Everything which is contrary to good order established by usage. Something that is excessive or improper in the use of a thing or person or authority. As inflicted on people the abuse can be physical or mental. 

In relation to child abuse: 'Abuse,' as defined in the Act encompasses, in relevant part, attempting to cause or intentional, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury or serious bodily injury. 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 6107(a). 

The injuries to a victim from an attempted crime. 

 - vb. To inflict damage on anything or anyone. To injure a person physically or mentally. To diminish in value; to wear away by using improperly.

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