from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, engaging in, or given to armed aggression: an invasive military force.
- adj. Marked by the tendency to spread, especially into healthy tissue: an invasive carcinoma.
- adj. Of or relating to a medical procedure in which a part of the body is entered, as by puncture or incision.
- adj. Tending to intrude or encroach, as upon privacy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. that invades a foreign country using military force
- adj. that invades a habitat to the detriment of native species
- adj. (of a carcinoma etc) that invades healthy tissue; (of a procedure) in which part of the body is entered
- adj. intruding on one's privacy, or trespassing
- n. An invasive organism, as, a plant or animal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.
- adj. tending to spread, especially tending to intrude into healthy tissue; -- used mostly of tumors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue
- adj. gradually intrusive without right or permission
- adj. involving invasion or aggressive attack
- adj. relating to a technique in which the body is entered by puncture or incision
Middle English, from Old French invasif, from Medieval Latin invāsīvus, from Latin invāsus, past participle of invādere, to invade; see invade.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)