- to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
Also especially British, de·sta·bi·lise.
Origin of destabilize
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Examples from the Web for destabilization
“They all have one objective: destabilization in order to ‘prepare’ for the elections in autumn,” he said.Is This Putin’s Next Target?
May 23, 2014
“This request went in right after the Russians seized Crimea before the destabilization campaign in the east started,” he said.U.S. Waited Months to Send Ukraine Spare Tires
May 16, 2014
They see this process as one in which destabilization of the existing order is not only necessary but inevitable.The New World Disorder
Joshua Cooper Ramo
April 7, 2009
- (tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
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Word Origin and History for destabilization
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