[ dis-ruhp-tiv ]
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  1. causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.

  2. Business.

    • 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.

Origin of disruptive

First recorded in 1835–45; disrupt + -ive

Other words from disruptive

  • dis·rup·tive·ly, adverb
  • dis·rup·tive·ness, noun
  • non·dis·rup·tive, adjective

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How to use disruptive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disruptive


/ (dɪsˈrʌptɪv) /

  1. involving, causing, or tending to cause disruption

Derived forms of disruptive

  • disruptively, adverb

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