non·​in·​tru·​sive ˌnän-in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce nonintrusive (audio)
: not intrusive
nonintrusive questions
… attentive but nonintrusive service …Michael Batterberry

Examples of nonintrusive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An officer referred the Mercedes for an inspection using nonintrusive inspection equipment. Luke Gentile, Washington Examiner, 24 Apr. 2023 Following a search by drug-sniffing dogs and a nonintrusive inspection system, officers discovered more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana tucked inside the blue spun sugar. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 What usually works for me is a friendly, direct smile along with a change of subject and a nonintrusive question of my own. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2023 Boykin’s choreography was streamlined and expressive, nonintrusive without resolving into decoration. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 Researchers break social media surveillance down into two sub-categories: ‘authoritarian surveillance’ (e.g., accessing adolescents’ social media accounts and passwords) and ‘nonintrusive inspection’ (e.g., browsing their profiles). Mark Travers, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 The tractor and trailer were referred for a canine and nonintrusive inspection system examination, during which the narcotics were discovered, according to the release. Emma Tucker, CNN, 17 July 2022 Slim but sturdy, with short, salt-and-pepper hair and expressive eyes, Pimentel’s presence is commanding yet nonintrusive. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 6 May 2021 Citizens world-wide are comfortable with their governments using artificial intelligence in nonintrusive ways, such as managing traffic flow and using robots in customer-service centers. John Murawski, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonintrusive was in 1839

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“Nonintrusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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