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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
1375-1425; late Middle English; see 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 intrusiveness
  • The intrusiveness of other forms of monitoring make us feel somehow diminished.
  • Sure, there is a fine line here between collegiality and insincerity, intellectual curiosity and intrusiveness.
  • The great accounts of the afternoon are notable for their absence of literary intrusiveness.
  • The match organizers tried to minimize the intrusiveness of the cameras, but still he refused to play.
  • Our increasing standard of living is predicated on less intrusiveness of government into our wallets and paychecks.
  • Familiarity with intrusiveness doesn't make it right.
  • They're tired of rampant spending and government intrusiveness.
  • We'd all be much safer, but the sarcasm inherent in such comments indicates an obvious disapproval of the intrusiveness.
  • Thanks to the paperclip, this technology got an undeservedly bad name for intrusiveness.
  • Government, in both its intrusiveness and its incompetence, is a hindrance to them.
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.

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