What does invasive mean?

Definitions for invasive
ɪnˈveɪ sɪvin·va·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invasive(adj)

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

  2. invasive(adj)

    marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue

    "invasive cancer cells"

  3. incursive, invading, invasive(adj)

    involving invasion or aggressive attack

    "invasive war"

  4. encroaching(a), invasive, trespassing(a)(adj)

    gradually intrusive without right or permission

    "we moved back from the encroaching tide"; "invasive tourists"; "trespassing hunters"


  1. invasive(Noun)

    An invasive organism, as, a plant or animal.

  2. invasive(Adjective)

    that invades a foreign country using military force

  3. invasive(Adjective)

    that invades a habitat to the detriment of native species

  4. invasive(Adjective)

    (of a carcinoma etc) that invades healthy tissue; (of a procedure) in which part of the body is entered

  5. invasive(Adjective)

    intruding on one's privacy, or trespassing

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invasive(adj)

    tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive

  2. Origin: [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See Invade.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invasive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invasive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of invasive in a Sentence

  1. Vishnumurthy Shushrutha Hedna:

    Instead of doing a million tests, we can do the ultrasound, this modality is a non-invasive, simple, cheap procedure which can save lives and can be done by anybody. It can help save thousands of lives.

  2. Allison LaPlante:

    Invasive species ruin aquatic communities and their ecosystems, the EPA appeared to the take the path of least resistance by adopting an existing international standard that is inadequate to prevent their colonization.

  3. Stef Bokhorst:

    Just as the penguin and seal colonies enrich the soil for native plants, its also possible that they are making it ideal for invasive species as well, which could be hardier and provide shelter for predatory insects like spiders and beetles, right now, the system is too unproductive to support any mammals like rats and mice.

  4. Stuart Pimm:

    There are parts of the world where invasive species have gone amok, and that tells us we need to be very careful not to bring in any more to do any more harm, we need to be better stewards so that we can share these wonderful animals with our children and grandchildren.

  5. Matthew Barnes:

    We always say that dandelions are a good gateway invasive.

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