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Wordnet 3.0


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;
- Example: "invasive cancer cells"

3. involving invasion or aggressive attack;
- Example: "invasive war"
[syn: incursive, invading, invasive]

4. gradually intrusive without right or permission;
- Example: "we moved back from the encroaching tide"
- Example: "invasive tourists"
- Example: "trespassing hunters"
[syn: encroaching(a), invasive, trespassing(a)]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Invasive \In*va"sive\, a. [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See Invade.] 1. Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive. "Invasive war." --Hoole. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) tending to spread, especially tending to intrude into healthy tissue; -- used mostly of tumors. [Narrower terms: malignant] PJC]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

28 Moby Thesaurus words for "invasive": advancing, assailing, assaulting, attacking, charging, driving, entering, in, inbound, incoming, incursionary, incursive, inflooding, inflowing, ingoing, ingressive, inpouring, interfering, interruptive, intervenient, intrusive, invading, invasionary, inward, inward-bound, irruptive, obtrusive, thrusting