- to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
Also especially British, de·sta·bi·lise.
Origin of destabilize
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Examples from the Web for destabilized
These efforts, not surprisingly, have destabilized Pyongyang.‘The State of War’—Kim Jong-un’s Bombastic, and Ominous, Bluster
Gordon G. Chang
March 30, 2013
Pakistan is happy to see a weak, destabilized Afghanistan next door.Pakistan’s Sinister Use of Prisoners
January 26, 2013
The longer its troops stay in the region, the more Pakistan will be destabilized.Can This Man End the Afghan War?
October 22, 2010
- (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 destabilized
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