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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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  • We are irritated by the intrusiveness of this course of instruction.

  • And so his intrusiveness had begun to narrow me down to the college itself.

  • intrusiveness she might resent, but indifference she would and did.

    The Deserter Charles King
  • I stole away abashed at my own intrusiveness, and feeling that I was rightfully punished by the misery that overwhelmed me.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Certainly, privacy should be respected, and we should not force ourselves upon others, but attentiveness is not intrusiveness.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • Besides, Barbara herself also knew how to protect herself against any intrusiveness with haughty sharpness.

  • Then she turned to me with a comical air of balancing the fear of intrusiveness against a friendly desire to help.

  • In excuse for the intrusiveness of his visit he pleaded his desire to make a proposition to me.

  • These by-paths admit the wayfarer into the very heart of rural life, and yet do not burden him with a sense of intrusiveness.

    Surrey A.R. Hope Moncrieff
British Dictionary definitions for intrusiveness


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 intrusiveness



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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