in·​tru·​sive | \ in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of intrusive

1a : characterized by intrusion
b : intruding where one is not welcome or invited
2a : projecting inward an intrusive arm of the sea
b(1) of a rock : having been forced while in a plastic state into cavities or between layers
(2) : plutonic
3 : having nothing that corresponds to a sound or letter in orthography or etymon intrusive \t\ in \ˈmints\ for mince

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Other Words from intrusive

intrusive noun
intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

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impertinent, officious, meddlesome, intrusive, obtrusive mean given to thrusting oneself into the affairs of others. impertinent implies exceeding the bounds of propriety in showing interest or curiosity or in offering advice. resented their impertinent interference officious implies the offering of services or attentions that are unwelcome or annoying. officious friends made the job harder meddlesome stresses an annoying and usually prying interference in others' affairs. a meddlesome landlord intrusive implies a tactless or otherwise objectionable thrusting into others' affairs. tried to be helpful without being intrusive obtrusive stresses improper or offensive conspicuousness of interfering actions. expressed an obtrusive concern for his safety

Examples of intrusive in a Sentence

a loud and intrusive person She tried to be helpful without being intrusive. Intrusive reporters disturbed their privacy.
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The 2015 accord also subjects Iran to the most intrusive monitoring and verification regime ever negotiated. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "Trump's Reckless Violation of the Iran Deal Jeopardizes U.S. National Security," 9 May 2018 The results are both intrusive and sometimes inaccurate. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "London show explores hidden world of facial recognition," 4 Sep. 2018 The United Arab Emirates, a Saudi neighbor and ally, agreed to allow intrusive international nuclear inspections and to forgo enriching uranium and reprocessing spent fuel as part of its 2009 nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington. Jamie Fly And, WSJ, "Khashoggi’s Killing Should Be a Nuclear Red Flag," 28 Oct. 2018 Rights groups, though, say Britain's surveillance laws are still far too intrusive. Fox News, "Court: British surveillance violates European law," 13 Sep. 2018 During the years of intrusive inspection which followed the 1991 Gulf war in Iraq, the agency also played a vital role (see article). The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 And, of course, North Korea can expand its clandestine activity, such as enrichment sites, which are difficult to detect without intrusive inspections. Jane Vaynman, Washington Post, "There are signs North Korea is still working on its nuclear program. Here’s why ‘denuclearization’ is so problematic.," 30 June 2018 Under the terms, Iran had to agree to reduce its stockpiles of uranium and allow more intrusive inspections that would enable the world to better detect any efforts to build a bomb. Matt Viser,, "US exit from Iran deal draws criticism from Europe, praise from Israel," 8 May 2018 Largely due to the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, the council failed several times to authorize more intrusive investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Experts: UAE, Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of intrusive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of intrusive

: annoying someone by interfering with their privacy : intruding where you are not wanted or welcome


in·​tru·​sive | \ in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio) \

Legal Definition of intrusive

: characterized by intrusion

Other Words from intrusive

intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

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