- 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 destabilize
The lies are just the latest attempt to destabilize a fractured country.Iraqi Insurgents Circulate the Lie That They Killed the Judge in Saddam’s Trial
June 28, 2014
I believe that Iranian TV wishes to destabilize my family, who live in a small town.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
Now they are in Donetsk region, many paid by Yanukovych, who is still dreaming to destabilize life in Ukraine.War and Murder in Eastern Ukraine
May 27, 2014
A campaign to destabilize the country has escalated rapidly this year.Up to Speed: What’s Happening to Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls?
May 7, 2014
Putin will seek to intimidate, apply pressure and destabilize.Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will
April 12, 2014
To convince the West of the quality of its wares, China demonstrates its capacity to destabilize in various corners of the world.After the Rain
- (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 destabilize
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