from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Officious interference in or with the affairs of others.
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- noun the qualities of being
meddlesome; officiousness, intrusiveness
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- noun aggressiveness as evidenced by intruding; by advancing yourself or your ideas without invitation
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Some of them suffered in purse, not from "bad men," but from men whose easy consciences did not refuse to take advantage of their necessities, and of their ignorance of the country and its ways; and some of them suffered in their feelings from what they believed to be curiosity and "meddlesomeness" on the part of neighbours, who in reality meant to be helpful and friendly.
Such meddlesomeness would not be acceptable today, but it might be fun to be so sure of oneself.
From Don Boudreaux: The real and truly harmful epidemic in America is not obesity, but meddlesomeness.
Archive 2009-10-01 Matt Johnston 2009
And one of the most important things that people need to understand is what we are finding there with Iran's meddlesomeness in the region.
Must not injustice be a strife which arises among the three principles — a meddlesomeness, and interference, and rising up of a part of the soul against the whole, an assertion of unlawful authority, which is made by a rebellious subject against a true prince, of whom he is the natural vassal — what is all this confusion and delusion but injustice, and intemperance, and cowardice, and ignorance, and every form of vice?
The fact of the matter is the policies she would embrace of big government, government meddlesomeness, even more laxness in the tort laws.
The present is the age of official protection, and perhaps just a trifle too much interference and meddlesomeness.
Every child is menaced from without not only by material dangers but by the meddlesomeness of alien wills; and from within, by an exaggerated idea of his own personality and all the fancies it breeds.
The Simple Life Charles Wagner
Smothering a curse at Little's meddlesomeness, he snatched up his glasses and focussed them on the schooner.
Gold Out of Celebes Aylward Edward Dingle
The unscrupulousness of some lawyers, who fatten their purses at the expense of marital happiness, and the meddlesomeness of relatives are also contributing causes.
Society Its Origin and Development Henry Kalloch Rowe