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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Recent Examples on the Web This is the story of three bills that, while superficially distinct, reflect the expansive tenor of the Legislature’s Democratic majority — a belief that making government larger and/or more intrusive is beneficial. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: 3 bills to make California government larger, more intrusive," 19 Sep. 2019 The intrusive measures originally introduced to deter terrorism are supplemented by authoritarian interventions aimed at biosecurity, like compulsory temperature screening or internment in quarantine facilities. Robert Dingwall, Wired, "We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus," 29 Jan. 2020 The unending beeps triggered by lane-departure warnings, accompanied by the intrusive lane-centering assist system of Subaru's EyeSight safety suite, have started to drive some staffers bananas—and actually become distractions themselves. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Our Subaru Ascent Drinks Heavily When Towing," 24 Jan. 2020 In that sense, Meghan's experience warding off intrusive paparazzi has turned into on of the couple's greatest battles, and perhaps what drove them out of royal life most. Elly Belle,, "Harry & Meghan’s Royal Exit Is So Much Like Princess Diana’s Experience," 23 Jan. 2020 Trauma reminders can lead to recurrence of intrusive memories, flashbacks and resurgence of nightmares. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Veterans, refugees and victims of war crimes are all vulnerable to PTSD," 21 Jan. 2020 Karin Korb has a sixth sense that can detect when someone is staring at her and is considering asking her an intrusive question. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Here’s what Karin Korb wants you to know about people with disabilities," 7 Jan. 2020 Part of what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is is really a kind of intrusive rumination, where the injuries or the trauma keep intruding on your thinking and keep you in a state of hypervigilance and alarm. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "How to forgive someone who has hurt you—and why you should," 2 Jan. 2020 But some professors and education advocates argue that the systems represent a new low in intrusive technology, breaching students' privacy on a massive scale. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of intrusive

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

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19 Feb 2020

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“Intrusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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