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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Crockford, of the American Civil Liberties Union, worries that once enough home security cameras are in place, police and government agencies, and even corporations, will find justifications for using them in ever more intrusive ways. Hiawatha Bray,, "Amazon rings in police help for sales of doorbell security cameras," 28 Aug. 2019 Deep into the left side of the stage is the five-man horn section, sometimes uplifting, sometimes intrusive, a mixed blessing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: The Who’s generation turned out at stadium 30 years ago," 23 Aug. 2019 But recently, there has been a string of events that have left many worried that surveillance is becoming even more intrusive. Jane Li, Quartz, "How people in China are trying to evade Beijing’s digital surveillance," 6 Aug. 2019 To put it plainly, Minnesota was attempting to engage in one of the most intrusive state actions on the First Amendment. David French, National Review, "A Federal Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom," 23 Aug. 2019 Royal reporter Omid Scobie elaborated, based on an explanation from the royals' lawyer, that the couple could no longer live at that house because of just how intrusive the photos were. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Were Forced to Move Out of Oxfordshire Home," 16 May 2019 The park’s lighting poles are intrusive as well — partly because of the girth required for some to hold video cameras, but also because of the bold striping in two shades of gray. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 There was a fine line between being helpful and being intrusive. Los Angeles Times, "An entire L.A. homeless encampment moved into apartments. But their past still found them," 15 Aug. 2019 William was eager to get to the hospital and check on Mayor, but his staff decided that arranging such a visit would be too intrusive so soon after the accident, the Telegraph reported. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince William and Kate Middleton hope to visit grandmother injured by their motorcade," 20 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce intrusive (audio) \

Legal Definition of intrusive

: characterized by intrusion

Other Words from intrusive

intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

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