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

Choose the Right Synonym for intrusive

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 The dialogue is over the top; the laugh track—and, in the first episode, a live studio audience—is intrusive. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Real Villain of WandaVision," 16 Jan. 2021 Critics say elements of tools under discussion raise concerns about worker privacy and may face resistance as being too intrusive. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Tech That Aims to Improve Meetings," 14 Jan. 2021 Again the nature of the game means that redrawing the scene after each swing isn't intrusive, and the gameplay is otherwise fast. Wolfenstein 3D pushes the 700 right to its limits, much like full-motion video from the previous benchmark. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 Ultimately, the goal is to disrupt what psychologists call perseverative cognition—patterns of thinking that involve intrusive thoughts, rumination, and worry. Popular Science, "Stressed out? Video games can help—if you follow these tips.," 20 Jan. 2021 Operation changes such as every-other-slot parking and less intrusive bag checks plus the suspension of pressing a finger on a scanner at Disney World park entrances. Dewayne Bevil,, "New attractions, approaches forced changes in theme parks in 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 In the latest episode of the ABC medical drama, viewers watched as Park came to realize how intrusive Morgan is at both home and work. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Doctor' Fans Can't Stop Debating Over Park and Morgan's Relationship in Season 4," 7 Dec. 2020 The fact-finding missions these estimates required were a little strange and intrusive. Gregory Barber, Wired, "How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?," 12 Jan. 2021 At school the Monday after Thanksgiving, children were asked whether their parents had broken the arbitrary, intrusive, and unnecessary one-household rule. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Lockout-Loving Museums Spiral Downward," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of intrusive

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

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17 Feb 2021

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“Intrusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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