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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

diminish, thwart, lessen, undermine, destabilize, minimize, foil, damage

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British Dictionary definitions for destabilized



  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 destabilized



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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