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Relating to or characterized by irruption.
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1. Irrupting or tending to irrupt.
2. Geology Intrusive.

ir·rup′tive·ly adv.
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Perhaps the most irreverent use of 'The Flowers of the Forest', and the least resistant to the 'irruptive' approach, is that of Jean Brodie.
Nonetheless, our fecundity rates clearly indicate that the study population was highly productive, if not maximal, and reflective of an irruptive population.
Caption: Fisher anchored art's irruptive potential in struggles for social justice.
'Real' politics, however, is the irruptive event that challenges this hierarchical order in the name of radical equality.
The WikiLeaks phenomenon is a characteristic instance of an irruptive event that disrupts an existing power order.
Introduced caribou and reindeer in the Aleutian Archipelago of Alaska: Irruptive population dynamics and interactions with aboveground-belowground ecosystem processes.
For Fiddes, the sublime is "an irruptive event" (127), or what Kant calls a "marvel" (130).
While our ability to measure, predict and account for nature through the accruement of its laws enhances all manner of possibilities for human organization and social existence, it is the irruptive that is the original quality of existence we must respond to in the what and how of our lives.
And even if a promise is not kept in fact, iterability inscribes the promise as guard in the most irruptive instant of foundation." (89) Every legal foundation shares a promissory moment in its constitution.
Burdened by these irruptive notions, human beings, even homosexual human beings, gradually lost the ability to understand homosexual lives as either normal or natural.
These ecoregions experience highly-variable annual and seasonal rainfall, and bobwhite populations therein exhibit irruptive population behaviour (Jackson 1969, Lehmann 1984).