disruptive

[dis-ruhp-tiv]
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adjective
  1. causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.
  2. Business.
    1. 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.
    2. 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
Related formsdis·rup·tive·ly, adverbdis·rup·tive·ness, nounnon·dis·rup·tive, adjective
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disruptive

adjective
  1. involving, causing, or tending to cause disruption
Derived Formsdisruptively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disruptive
adj.

1862 (in electricity sense from 1842); see disrupt + -ive. Related: Disruptively; disruptiveness.

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