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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.
Also especially British, de·sta·bi·lise.Related formsde·sta·bi·li·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for de-stabilise
Derived Formsdestabilization or destabilisation, noun
- (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 de-stabilise
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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