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.
Origin of destabilize
Related formsde·sta·bi·li·za·tion, noun
First recorded in 1930–35; de-
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Examples from the Web for destabilization
Contemporary Examples of destabilization
“They all have one objective: destabilization in order to ‘prepare’ for the elections in autumn,” he said.
“This request went in right after the Russians seized Crimea before the destabilization campaign in the east started,” he said.
They see this process as one in which destabilization of the existing order is not only necessary but inevitable.
British Dictionary definitions for destabilization
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 destabilization
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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