- relating to or noting a new product, service, or idea that radically changes an industry or business strategy, especially by creating a new market and disrupting an existing one: disruptive innovations such as the cell phone and the two-year community college.
- relating to or noting a business executive or company that introduces or is receptive to such innovation: disruptive CEOs with imagination and vision.
Related formsdis·rup·tive·ly, adverbdis·rup·tive·ness, nounnon·dis·rup·tive, adjective
Examples from the Web for disruptive
One of the most disruptive forces to the market in recent years is DISH.
Uber and Airbnb—the most successful services of their kind—are “disruptive” innovations.
So she made changes that have transformed the Times online; is that what her critics mean when they allege she was disruptive?The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson|Robert Shrum|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cable news could be great conversation if it were willing to be disruptive.Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America|Elizabeth Wurtzel|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the track record of disruptive owners in Japan is pretty dismal.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?|Daniel Gross|July 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The strange speech—strange blossom of her disruptive emotion—ended a little short; but that it ended was the principal thing.
Curiously enough, children seem to act both against and in favor of these disruptive factors.The Intelligence of Woman|W. L. George
In a transparent dielectric the conduction must be either electrolytic or disruptive, otherwise light vibrations would be damped.
This sudden discharge is said to be disruptive, and it is accompanied by a flash of light and a loud report.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity|Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
Between Miss Flower's and the park, Charles had been briefly unnerved by a disruptive thought.