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irruptive

[ ih-ruhp-tiv ]
/ ɪˈrʌp tɪv /
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adjective
of, relating to, or characterized by irruption.
irrupting or tending to irrupt.
Petrology. intrusive.
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Origin of irruptive

First recorded in 1585–95; irrupt + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM irruptive

ir·rup·tive·ly, adverbun·ir·rup·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for irruptive

irruptive
/ (ɪˈrʌptɪv) /

adjective
irrupting or tending to irrupt
of, involving, or causing irruption
obsolete (of igneous rocks) intrusive

Derived forms of irruptive

irruptively, adverb
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