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 Dictionary entry overview: What does invasive mean? 

INVASIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INVASIVE has 4 senses:

1. relating to a technique in which the body is entered by puncture or incision
2. marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue
3. involving invasion or aggressive attack
4. gradually intrusive without right or permission

  Familiarity information: INVASIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INVASIVE (adjective)

Sense 1invasive [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to a technique in which the body is entered by puncture or incision

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)


noninvasive (relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity)

Sense 2invasive [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue

Context example:

invasive cancer cells


aggressive; fast-growing; strong-growing (tending to spread quickly)


confined (not invading healthy tissue)

Sense 3invasive [BACK TO TOP]


Involving invasion or aggressive attack


incursive; invading; invasive

Context example:

invasive war


offensive (for the purpose of attack rather than defense)

Sense 4invasive [BACK TO TOP]


Gradually intrusive without right or permission


encroaching; trespassing; invasive

Context examples:

we moved back from the encroaching tide / invasive tourists / trespassing hunters


intrusive (tending to intrude (especially upon privacy))

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