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disruption

[dis-ruhp-shuh n]
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noun
  1. forcible separation or division into parts.
  2. a disrupted condition: After the coup, the country was in disruption.
  3. 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.
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Origin of disruption

1640–50; < Latin disruptiōn- (stem of disruptiō), equivalent to disrupt- (see disrupt) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·dis·rup·tion, noun
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Related Words for disruption

interruption, confusion, disturbance, disorder, break, separation, severance, agitation, splitting

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Word Origin and History for disruption

n.

early 15c., from Latin disruptionem (nominative disruptio) "a breaking asunder," noun of action from past participle stem of disrumpere "break apart, split, shatter, break to pieces," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).

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