destabilize

[dee-stey-buh-lahyz]

verb (used with object), de·sta·bi·lized, de·sta·bi·liz·ing.

to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.

Nearby words

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  2. dessert wine,
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  4. dessertspoonful,
  5. dessiatine,
  6. destain,
  7. destem,
  8. desterilize,
  9. desterro,
  10. destin

Also especially British, de·sta·bi·lise.

Origin of destabilize

First recorded in 1930–35; de- + stabilize

Related formsde·sta·bi·li·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for de-stabilise

destabilize

destabilise

verb

(tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
Derived Formsdestabilization or destabilisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for de-stabilise

destabilize

v.

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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