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 The least intrusive measure would be to only hold data brokers accountable after a breach occurs. Wired, "Data Brokers Are Cruising for a Bruising," 5 Dec. 2019 So when Spicer started having intrusive thoughts, the therapist was the first to realize something was really wrong. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Ten questions about mothers’ mental health could promote resilient pregnancies," 3 Dec. 2019 Depending on the level of cognition, Tirado said, a patient may not understand why an exam that feels physically intrusive is taking place. Elizabeth Heubeck,, "In Connecticut, many OB-GYN practices fall short in caring for women with disabilities," 29 Nov. 2019 Though many patients are now put under general anesthesia for intrusive procedures, the music lingers on, usually for the benefit of doctors. S.h. | London Bridge Hospital, The Economist, "What might a doctor listen to during surgery?," 20 Nov. 2019 Servers checked in regularly without being intrusive. Christina Tkacik,, "Review: On the hunt for a great crab cake? Don’t go to the Choptank.," 14 Nov. 2019 But the most basic facts are these: Kellee was made uncomfortable by Dan’s intrusive physical touching within week 1 of the game. Jodi Walker,, "The Survivor controversy exemplifies how the show reflects society — for better or worse: Opinion," 14 Nov. 2019 Inside, the couple maximized interior ceiling heights, minimized the number of doors in the home, and created storage spaces that weren’t cramped or intrusive. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "15 bedroom decor ideas to steal now," 19 Aug. 2019 What this means is that participants whose brains allowed them to suppress intrusive, unpleasant thoughts and to reappraise threatening events were also physically more resilient. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Resilient Teens in a Dangerous World," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of intrusive

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

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10 Dec 2019

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“Intrusive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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