dis·​rup·​tive | \ dis-ˈrəp-tiv How to pronounce disruptive (audio) \

Definition of disruptive

: disrupting or tending to disrupt some process, activity, condition, etc. : causing or tending to cause disruption a disruptive weather pattern It is hoped that, if the child learns that disruptive behavior brings no rewards, his tantrums will diminish and perhaps stop.— Susan Sheehan In recent years, airlines began to carry plastic handcuffs as a way to restrain disruptive passengers.— Erik Holm Other teammates marvel at how easily he morphs from a mild-mannered family man in the locker room into a disruptive force on the field.— Jefri Chadiha

Other Words from disruptive

disruptively adverb
acting disruptively
disruptiveness noun
… the disruptiveness of climatic change will depend strongly on the rate of change. — Roger Revelle

First Known Use of disruptive

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Disruptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disruptive. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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dis·​rup·​tive | \ dis-ˈrəp-tiv How to pronounce disruptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of disruptive

: characterized by psychologically disorganized behavior a confused, incoherent, and disruptive patient in the manic phase

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