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[dee-stey-buh-lahyz] /diˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), destabilized, destabilizing.
to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes:
conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
Also, especially British, destabilise.
Origin of destabilize
1930-35; de- + stabilize
Related forms
destabilization, noun Unabridged
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  • But new options have recently emerged to destabilize that ecosystem.
  • Plug-in electric cars could destabilize the distribution of power.
  • It doesn't take much firepower to destabilize an already fragile society.
  • Moreover, the act of retrieval can destabilize the memory.
  • Too little sleep can raise cortisol levels, which fuels inflammation that can destabilize plaques.
  • And when you destabilize communities, violence always goes up.
  • But its leaders want that transformation to take place slowly so as not to destabilize the country's economy.
  • And that could destabilize a country bent on a quiet, stable rise.
  • The two sides also traded conspiracy theories, with each side blaming the other for trying to destabilize the country.
British Dictionary definitions for destabilize


(transitive) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
Derived Forms
destabilization, destabilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for destabilize

1934 in a physical sense; earlier (1924) with reference to political systems, governments, nations, etc.; see de- + stabilize. Related: Destabilized; destabilizing.

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