tending or apt to intrude; coming without invitation or welcome: intrusive memories of a lost love.
characterized by or involving intrusion.
intruding; thrusting in.
(of a rock) having been forced between preexisting rocks or rock layers while in a molten or plastic condition.
noting or pertaining to plutonic rocks.
Phonetics. excrescent (def. 2).
- in·tru·sive·ly, adverb
- in·tru·sive·ness, noun
- non·in·tru·sive, adjective
- non·in·tru·sive·ly, adverb
- un·in·tru·sive, adjective
- un·in·tru·sive·ly, adverb
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How to use intrusive in a sentence
In most democratic countries this doesn’t tend to come with consequences much more intrusive than targeted ads.Bitcoin’s Blowing Up, and That’s Good News for Human Rights. Here’s Why | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 10, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The nose swab, if not painful, is certainly intrusive, as a Fortune reporter found out.Hong Kong’s citywide COVID-19 testing has become a barometer of public trust | eamonbarrett | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
Overseen by law firm Venable, the cross-industry group identified over a dozen intrusive ad formats that the industry should seek to avoid.‘The inevitable maturation of the industry’: Desktop ad blocking is past its peak | Lara O'Reilly | August 20, 2020 | Digiday
Bahrain, Kuwait, and Norway all launched intrusive covid-19 tracing apps that “actively carry out live or near-live tracking of users’ locations by frequently uploading GPS coordinates to a central server,” Amnesty International reported in June.
Meanwhile, media giants like Google invent their own ways of managing intrusive ads.The ongoing race between ad blockers and ad tech: Who’s winning? | Ivan Guzenko | June 15, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
In a message that would resonate profoundly if given today, he warned against the intrusive power of a faceless state.
This disdain stems from anger at intrusive Congressional action and feckless Congressional inaction.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure | Jack Abramoff | July 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“They used Sochi as a test case for a more intrusive system,” Galeotti said.Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You About His Surveillance State—And Made You a Pawn of It | Eli Lake | April 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Russian communications monitoring became even more intrusive earlier this year during the Sochi winter games.Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You About His Surveillance State—And Made You a Pawn of It | Eli Lake | April 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which means that government—good old intrusive Nanny State government— must step in even more.Thank You, Croatia: All Hail Mandatory Vaccinations | Kent Sepkowitz | March 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And at every turn intrusive social legislation must seek to prevent such injustice.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
A course gneiss is the predominant rock, but is associated with garnetiferous mica-schists and much intrusive granite.
Do not think me intrusive or importunate if I now call, dear sir, on you, to remember it!'Art in England | Dutton Cook
Mr. Dempsey stood for a few seconds, and perhaps some secret suspicion crept over him that this visit might be thought intrusive.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
In Chittagong, then, we must look about us for the aborigines; so intrusive have become the Hindú elements.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies | Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for intrusive
characterized by intrusion or tending to intrude
(of igneous rocks) formed by intrusion: Compare extrusive (def. 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
- intrusively, adverb
- intrusiveness, noun
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