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destabilize

[dee-stey-buh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·sta·bi·lized, de·sta·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
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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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Related Words

diminishthwartlessenunderminedestabilizeminimizefoildamage

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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

destabilize

destabilise

verb
  1. (tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
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Derived Formsdestabilization or destabilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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