destabilize

[ dee-stey-buh-lahyz ]
/ diˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz /

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.

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

Origin of destabilize

First recorded in 1930–35; de- + stabilize

OTHER WORDS FROM destabilize

de·sta·bi·li·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for destabilize

destabilize

destabilise

/ (diːˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz) /

verb

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

Derived forms of destabilize

destabilization or destabilisation, noun
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