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irruptive

[ih-ruhp-tiv] /ɪˈrʌp tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by irruption.
2.
irrupting or tending to irrupt.
3.
Petrology, intrusive.
Origin of irruptive
1585-1595
1585-95; irrupt + -ive
Related forms
irruptively, adverb
unirruptive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for irruptive
Historical Examples
  • They seem to be a necessary evil to be classed with smallpox, chicken-pox, yellow fever and other irruptive diseases.

    Poems for Pale People Edwin C. Ranck
  • After Dolly's departure, Rinda had made a second irruptive entrance, with the announcement, "Gen'lem!"

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • One was an irruptive craving within him to take some part in the dynamic activities of the surrounding world.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • In the meantime, concern and suspense and irruptive wrath had their chief abode in the inner room of Remington and Evans.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.
  • Fact is, gallant little Wales was swamped by irruptive Ireland.

British Dictionary definitions for irruptive

irruptive

/ɪˈrʌptɪv/
adjective
1.
irrupting or tending to irrupt
2.
of, involving, or causing irruption
3.
(obsolete) (of igneous rocks) intrusive
Derived Forms
irruptively, adverb
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