verb (used with object), destabilized, destabilizing.
to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
Also, especially British, destabilise.

1930–35; de- + stabilize

destabilization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To destabilize
World English Dictionary
destabilize or destabilise (diːˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz)
(tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
destabilise or destabilise
destabili'zation or destabilise
destabili'sation or destabilise

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1934 in a physical sense; earlier (1924) with ref. to political systems, governments, nations, etc.; from de- + stabilize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature