destabilize

verb de·sta·bi·lize \ (ˌ)dē-ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz \

Definition of destabilize

transitive verb
1 :to make unstable
2 :to cause (something, such as a government) to be incapable of functioning or surviving

destabilization

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌstā-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of destabilize in a Sentence

  1. The group hoped the assassination of the new President would destabilize the government.

  2. Economists warn that the crisis could destabilize the nation's currency.

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First Known Use of destabilize

1924


DESTABILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

destabilize

verb

Definition of destabilize for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something, such as a government) to be unable to continue existing or working in the usual or desired way : to make (something) unstable



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