adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. characterized by intrusion b. intruding where one is not welcome or invited 2. a. projecting inward <
an intrusive arm of the sea
b. (1) of a rock having been forced while in a plastic state into cavities or between layers (2) plutonic 3. having nothing that corresponds to a sound or letter in orthography or etymon <
intrusive \t\ in \ˈmints\ for mince
Synonyms: see impertinentintrusive nounintrusively adverbintrusiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Intrusive — In*tru sive, a. Apt to intrude; characterized by intrusion; entering without right or welcome. [1913 Webster] {Intrusive rocks} (Geol.), rocks which have been forced, while in a plastic or melted state, into the cavities or between the cracks or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intrusive — in·tru·sive /in trü siv/ adj: characterized by intrusion in·tru·sive·ly adv in·tru·sive·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • intrusive — c.1400, from L. intrus , pp. stem of intrudere (see INTRUSION (Cf. intrusion)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Intrusively; intrusiveness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • intrusive — [adj] obtrusive forward, interfering, invasive, meddlesome, meddling, nosy*, presumptuous, protruding, prying; concepts 401,542 …   New thesaurus

  • intrusive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) intruding or tending to intrude. 2) (of igneous rock) that has been forced when molten into cracks in neighbouring strata. DERIVATIVES intrusively adverb intrusiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • intrusive — [in tro͞osiv] adj. [< L intrusus, pp. of intrudere (see INTRUDE) + IVE] 1. intruding or tending to intrude 2. Geol. designating or of igneous rock formed from magma that hardened while still within the earth, moon, etc.: cf. EXTRUSIVE (sense… …   English World dictionary

  • intrusive — /ɪnˈtrusɪv/ (say in troohsiv), / zɪv/ (say ziv) adjective 1. intruding. 2. characterised by or involving intrusion: intrusive noise. 3. apt to intrude; coming unbidden or without welcome: intrusive phone calls. 4. violating one s privacy: an… …   Australian English dictionary

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