in·tru·sive | \in-ˈtrü-siv, -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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Distrust on both sides has led the Americans to insist on rapid, deep dismantlement and highly intrusive verification; the North Koreans want an early lifting of sanctions and a formal end to the Korean War, among other steps. New York Times, "North Korea Criticizes ‘Gangster-Like’ U.S. Attitude After Talks With Mike Pompeo," 7 July 2018 The Constitution must take account of vast technological changes, Roberts wrote, noting that digital data can provide a comprehensive, detailed — and intrusive — overview of private affairs that would have been impossible to imagine not long ago. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court says warrants generally needed to collect cellphone location data," 23 June 2018 Some of the décors include doorways and screens without being intrusive. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 Along with the stewing beef (seared in a cup of oil, which is then nearly all drained away), it is made with a lot of onions and tomatoes, some white wine – which is less intrusive than red would be – and a pinch or two of herbs. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Spanish food? Sí, por favor!," 29 May 2018 Immigration advocates contend that the intensive supervision — frequent appointments at ICE and ankle monitors — is intrusive and criminalizing. NBC News, "This Obama-era pilot program kept asylum-seeking migrant families together. Trump canceled it.," 24 June 2018 Former officials say the U.S. needs to obtain a list of all of North Korea’s nuclear assets, nail down verification arrangements in a country that has resisted intrusive monitoring and settle on a speedy schedule for dismantling Pyongyang’s arsenal. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Pompeo Heads Back to North Korea," 6 July 2018 But short pauses while referees consult pitch-side monitors do feel intrusive in what used to be a more seamless game. John Leicester,, "Video refereeing a boon and a bust at World Cup," 26 June 2018 And its use could lead to less intrusive and more effective diagnosis for patients. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 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 \

Legal Definition of intrusive 

: characterized by intrusion

Other Words from intrusive

intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

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