ir·​rup·​tive | \ i-ˈrəp-tiv How to pronounce irruptive (audio) \

Definition of irruptive

: tending to irrupt : marked by or undergoing irruption irruptive passions

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Other Words from irruptive

irruptively adverb

Examples of irruptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the irruptive species—birds who irregularly migrate—like crossbills, redpolls, grosbeaks, and purple finches stayed north, resulting in lower talleys for the annual count in most of the United States. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Birdwatch for Science this Holiday Season," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of irruptive

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Irruptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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