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[dee-stey-buh-lahyz] /diˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), destabilized, destabilizing.
to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes:
conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
Also, especially British, destabilise.
Origin of destabilize
First recorded in 1930-35; de- + stabilize
Related forms
destabilization, noun Unabridged
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  • 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 Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for destabilize


(transitive) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
Derived Forms
destabilization, destabilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for destabilize

1934 in a physical sense; earlier (1924) with reference to political systems, governments, nations, etc.; see de- + stabilize. Related: Destabilized; destabilizing.

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