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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Technological advancements make screening less intrusive and inconvenient for guests, said Todd McGhee, co-founder of Protecting the Homeland Innovations. Katie Rice,, 9 Sep. 2021 Land Rover was first to develop this system, and its remains the most effective and least intrusive. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 14 July 2020 HubSpot finds that 91% of people feel that even general targeted ads are becoming more intrusive. Michael Adair, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Online risks may be exacerbated in the metaverse, where unwanted contact could become more intrusive and pervasive. Ritwija Darbari, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 Without it, cars will be simply one more intrusive and risky mobile device. Mike Juran, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 912.82 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the trailer, according to the press release. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 12 May 2022 Alarcon and her husband, John, a police detective, said in addition to funny comments — like from the nurses — some are intrusive and downright rude. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Often, businesses get it wrong and drive away consumers with intrusive and irrelevant suggestions. Amir Levi, Forbes, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intrusive

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

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17 Jun 2022

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“Intrusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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