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[in-troo-siv] /ɪnˈtru sɪv/
tending or apt to intrude; coming without invitation or welcome:
intrusive memories of a lost love.
characterized by or involving intrusion.
intruding; thrusting in.
  1. (of a rock) having been forced between preexisting rocks or rock layers while in a molten or plastic condition.
  2. noting or pertaining to plutonic rocks.
Phonetics. excrescent (def 2).
Origin of intrusive
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at intrusion, -ive
Related forms
intrusively, adverb
intrusiveness, noun
nonintrusive, adjective
nonintrusively, adverb
unintrusive, adjective
unintrusively, adverb
1. annoying, bothersome, interfering, distracting, irksome, worrisome, troublesome, irritating, disturbing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for intrusively
Historical Examples
  • Do you think that because you are in your own house you can be as intrusively insulting as you choose?

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Ozias Midwinter, after intrusively rising to the surface, had conveniently dropped out of sight again.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • The old ragged abodes of wretchedness seemed to be too clearly defined—to stand out too intrusively against the bright blue sky.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Note the Hogarthian touch of the p. 118initials carved on the window, sufficiently distinct and yet not intrusively so.

  • A question often put when a jaw-breaking word has been intrusively uttered by savants.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Do I therefore inquire their names, and intrusively seek to know what books they have written, before I admire their scholarship?

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Would they not, with considerable peremptoriness, desire these intrusively pious members of society to mind their own business?

    On Liberty John Stuart Mill
  • A yard or so of counter stretched inwards from the door, just as a hint to those who might be intrusively inclined.

  • Him he thought for that moment everything that was aggressively and intrusively vulgar.

    A Chance Acquaintance W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for intrusively


characterized by intrusion or tending to intrude
(of igneous rocks) formed by intrusion Compare extrusive (sense 2)
(phonetics) relating to or denoting a speech sound that is introduced into a word or piece of connected speech for a phonetic rather than a historical or grammatical reason, such as the (r) often pronounced between idea and of in the idea of it
Derived Forms
intrusively, adverb
intrusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for intrusively



c.1400, from Latin intrus-, past participle stem of intrudere (see intrusion) + -ive. Related: Intrusively; intrusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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