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destabilize

[dee-stey-buh-lahyz] /diˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), destabilized, destabilizing.
1.
to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes:
conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.
Also, especially British, destabilise.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; de- + stabilize
Related forms
destabilization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for destabilize

destabilize

/diːˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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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