invasive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French invasif, from Medieval Latin invasivus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

invasive (comparative more invasive, superlative most invasive)

  1. That invades a foreign country using military force.
  2. Relating to military aggression generally.
    • mid 1590s, William Shakespeare, King John, Act V, sc. 1:
      O inglorious league!
      Shall we, upon the footing of our land,
      Send fair-play orders and make compromise,
      Insinuation, parley, and base truce
      To arms invasive?
  3. (of a plant or animal) That grows in environments which do not harbor natural enemes, often to the detriment of native species or of food or garden flora and fauna.
    an invasive species
  4. (medicine) (of a carcinoma etc) That invades healthy tissue; (of a procedure) in which part of the body is entered
  5. Intrusive on one's privacy.
  6. Coming from outside; originating externally.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lectures 4 & 5:
      All invasive moral states and passionate enthusiasms make one feelingless to evil in some direction.

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Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

invasive (plural invasives)

  1. An invasive organism, as, a plant or animal.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

invasive

  1. feminine singular of invasif

German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

invasive

  1. inflected form of invasiv

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

invasive f pl

  1. feminine plural of invasivo

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

invasive

  1. definite singular of invasiv
  2. plural form of invasiv

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

invasive

  1. definite singular of invasiv
  2. plural form of invasiv