Definition of intrusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtruːsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtruːsɪv//
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  1. 1too noticeable, direct, etc. in a way that is disturbing or annoying intrusive questions The constant presence of the media was very intrusive.
  2. 2 (phonetics) (of a speech sound) produced in order to link two words together when speaking, for example the /r/ sound produced at the end of law by some English speakers in the phrase ‘law and order’. Intrusive ‘r’ is not considered part of standard English.
  3. Extra examples Planning permission was refused on the grounds that the proposed building would be ‘visually intrusive’. The proposed building would be visually intrusive. I don’t like their intrusive sales methods. I’ve had enough of your intrusive questions. Some of the islanders found the presence of the film crew too intrusive.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intrusive