- forcible separation or division into parts.
- a disrupted condition: After the coup, the country was in disruption.
- Business. a radical change in an industry, business strategy, etc., especially involving the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market: Globalization and the rapid advance of technology are major causes of business disruption.
Origin of disruption
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Examples from the Web for disruption
Excerpted from Moneyball for Government, published by Disruption Books, and reprinted with permission.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
Some are genuinely aggrieved by the disruption caused to the transport system.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
Even most oil companies acknowledge the disruption caused by strip mining; that is one reason why they have developed In Situ.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
The Disruption Machine Jill Lepore, The New Yorker What the gospel of innovation gets wrong.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, June 21, 2014
June 21, 2014
Electricity has remained as before, but a disruption of water services was reported Sunday.Under an ISIS Flag, the Sons of Mosul Are Rallying
June 16, 2014
It should be mentioned that the city of Elis had previously been in a state of disruption.Hellenica
All the disruption and distress going before had been news; this was disaster.Greener Than You Think
In Italy the disruption was even more marked than in the north.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe
James Harvey Robinson
The bending over or disruption of the ice, causing it to pile.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
More than once the Confederation seemed on the point of disruption.The Governments of Europe
Frederic Austin Ogg
Word Origin and History for disruption
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper