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obtrusive

[uh b-troo-siv] /əbˈtru sɪv/
adjective
1.
having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.
2.
(of a thing) obtruding itself:
an obtrusive error.
3.
protruding; projecting.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin obtrūs(us) (see obtrusion) + -ive
Related forms
obtrusively, adverb
obtrusiveness, noun
hyperobtrusive, adjective
hyperobtrusively, adverb
hyperobtrusiveness, noun
preobtrusive, adjective
Synonyms
1. interfering, meddlesome, officious, presumptuous. 2. blatant.
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British Dictionary definitions for preobtrusive

obtrusive

/əbˈtruːsɪv/
adjective
1.
obtruding or tending to obtrude
2.
sticking out; protruding; noticeable
Derived Forms
obtrusively, adverb
obtrusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for preobtrusive

obtrusive

adj.

1660s, from Latin obtrus-, past participle stem of obtrudere (see obtrude) + -ive. Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness.

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