- causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for disruptive
One of the most disruptive forces to the market in recent years is DISH.New Innovations Let You Watch TV Anywhere You Go
December 8, 2014
Uber and Airbnb—the most successful services of their kind—are “disruptive” innovations.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
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
May 18, 2014
Cable news could be great conversation if it were willing to be disruptive.Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America
September 4, 2013
But the track record of disruptive owners in Japan is pretty dismal.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?
July 26, 2013
Which tendency is it that is acting as the present disruptive force in Europe?The Fruits of Victory
But its tendency when applied to governmental machinery is disruptive.
The disruptive forces, however, may be easily overestimated.Stephen A. Douglas
This disruptive coloration seems to be directly associated with the pebble-bottom, stream-inhabiting tadpoles.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca
William E. Duellman
Until the latter year it was purely a revolutionary movement, attracting to itself all the disruptive elements of its time.German Culture Past and Present
Ernest Belfort Bax
- involving, causing, or tending to cause disruption
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Word Origin and History for disruptive
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