intrusive

adjective

in·​tru·​sive in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio)
-ziv
1
a
: characterized by intrusion
b
: intruding where one is not welcome or invited
2
a
: 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)
3
: having nothing that corresponds to a sound or letter in orthography or etymon
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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Food noise is defined as constant, intrusive thoughts about food that are disruptive to daily life. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 22 Jan. 2024 In hindsight, however, Reagan’s insight foretold something far more ominous, intrusive, and pervasive. Peter Tonguette, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 Most importantly, insisting that New York’s supervision become less punitive and intrusive, Schiraldi achieved results. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Jan. 2024 Republicans said the rule, finalized in March, is unduly intrusive and burdensome. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2023 In fact, as evidenced by the above poll result, a good number of them think these surveillance techniques might not be intrusive enough. Christian Schneider, National Review, 14 Dec. 2023 Forgetting to slip on a wearable is easy, and hooking yourself up to a large monitor is intrusive. Lizzy Lawrence, STAT, 17 Nov. 2023 While agreeing that such questions are intrusive, Miss Manners reminds everyone that one offense does not justify another. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Traditional mediums such as email and phone calls are often perceived as intrusive or ignored due to their overuse. Maggie Mistovich, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of intrusive was in the 15th century

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“Intrusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrusive. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

intrusive

adjective
in·​tru·​sive in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio)
-ziv
1
a
: characterized by intrusion
intrusive memories
b
: intruding where one is not welcome or invited
intrusive neighbors
2
: having been forced while in a melted state into cavities or between layers
intrusive rocks
intrusive noun
intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

Legal Definition

intrusive

adjective
in·​tru·​sive in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio)
: characterized by intrusion
intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

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