Definition of intrusive in English:



  • 1Causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited.

    ‘that was an intrusive question’
    ‘tourist attractions that are environmentally intrusive’
    • ‘Did she not realise that the cost of being an actor is to burn forever in the limelight of intrusive media questioning?’
    • ‘It is intrusive and disruptive and can have lasting effects on people.’
    • ‘First of all, there were those annoying, intrusive phone calls.’
    • ‘But the most intrusive questions come on departure.’
    • ‘With each intrusive question, I became more stoic and stiff.’
    • ‘And with the average person reading up to 60 e-mails a day, this junk can easily become both intrusive and invasive.’
    • ‘Journalism is inherently intrusive and invasive.’
    • ‘The pictures are gentle in that they are not intrusive, even in intimate or chaotic moments.’
    • ‘Her tone's informal, friendly and modest, even when she's fending off unwanted or intrusive questions - of which there prove to be several.’
    • ‘And don't the powers that be realize the the more annoying and intrusive the ads are, the less we're going to want to look at them?’
    • ‘There would be nothing more intrusive and irritating than watching someone compulsively flick between channels at a distance (except perhaps being in the room with them as they did so).’
    • ‘Hardly anyone responded, put off by either the slightly intrusive questions or perhaps my impatient demand for a quick response.’
    • ‘I've been trying to find out what these questions might be; I expect them to be annoyingly intrusive.’
    • ‘Without some intrusive interventions to disrupt patterns of homicides, population trends alone are likely to spur some growth in murder tolls.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that this is the least disruptive and intrusive order I can make that is consistent with the child's best interests.’
    • ‘I myself am very low-risk, but I resent intrusive questions when they are unnecessary.’
    • ‘There are no recriminations, no judgement, no intrusive questions.’
    • ‘At worst, television advertising is irritating, but rarely intrusive…’
    • ‘The telephone is a relatively intrusive technology, interrupting you from what you are doing and demanding attention.’
    • ‘It would give them a leg up in the intrusive, annoying advertising world - which is an unsustainable model.’
    personal, prying, forward, impudent, impertinent, offensive
    intruding, invasive, obtrusive, interrupting, trespassing, unwanted, unwelcome
    invasive, impossible to ignore, high-profile, prominent, unavoidable, inescapable, interrupting, disturbing
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  • 2Phonetics
    (of a sound) pronounced between words or syllables to facilitate pronunciation, such as an r in saw a film.

  • 3Geology
    Relating to or formed by intrusion.

    • ‘In addition, a number of intrusive centres, lava flows and dykes crop out in the NW corner of the island (close to Cap St. Andre).’
    • ‘The field-based studies were supplemented by thin-section petrography and whole-rock geochemistry to characterize different intrusive phases.’
    • ‘The mafic sheets have not contributed at all to the felsic volcanic-derived volcaniclastic breccias, thus supporting an intrusive origin for the mafic volcanic rocks.’
    • ‘The early Permian rifting in the North Atlantic involved siliciclastic sedimentation in extensional basins and widespread extrusive and intrusive magmatic activity.’
    • ‘Variably serpentinized Devonian mafic and ultramafic intrusive rocks occur in the western and northern parts of the map area.’