[ dis-ruhp-tiv ]
/ dɪsˈrʌp tɪv /


causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.
  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.

Nearby words

  1. disrespectful,
  2. disrobe,
  3. disroot,
  4. disrupt,
  5. disruption,
  6. disruptive discharge,
  7. disrupture,
  8. diss,
  9. dissatisfaction,
  10. dissatisfactory

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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British Dictionary definitions for non-disruptive


/ (dɪsˈrʌptɪv) /


involving, causing, or tending to cause disruption
Derived Formsdisruptively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-disruptive



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

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