Definition of disruptive in English:



  • 1Causing or tending to cause disruption.

    ‘disruptive pupils’
    ‘the hours of work are disruptive to home life’
    • ‘It is also meant to avoid the disruptive ethnic divisions that reside in partisan politics.’
    • ‘It is disruptive of received ways of understanding the world or even of other places.’
    • ‘Parents of disruptive pupils have somehow to be involved positively.’
    • ‘A more straightforward, and less disruptive, solution to this problem would be to make the tests harder.’
    • ‘Their disruptive behaviour means that they often miss much of the teaching that is going on.’
    • ‘In this case, the family have agreed to reform their disruptive behaviour in a pioneering legal deal.’
    • ‘A dedicated post to tackle disruptive behaviour on council estates will be created by Kingston Council.’
    • ‘There is no meaningful inclusion for the disruptive pupil, and it is not rewarding nor satisfying for staff.’
    • ‘They have brought these children up to be disruptive and offensive.’
    • ‘There's been no prolonged bad weather so it's been less disruptive than normal.’
    • ‘At an early age he began to show signs of stubborn and disruptive behavior.’
    • ‘His behaviour was disruptive and he was arrested for motoring offences.’
    • ‘Teachers said he was disruptive and his behaviour put other pupils at risk.’
    • ‘The pupils said the boy was known for his disruptive behaviour and had been acting up in the lesson that day.’
    • ‘Many teachers are also angry at what they claim is a lack of funding for support to deal with disruptive pupils.’
    • ‘Goddard admits that his disruptive behaviour was akin to engaging in battle and resulted in his expulsion.’
    • ‘It recently balloted its members on the refusal to teach a pupil who had a long-term record of disruptive behaviour.’
    • ‘The disruptive behaviour of a small minority of pupils can wreak havoc in the classrooms and corridors.’
    • ‘So the source of destructive and disruptive black behaviour is not in their culture.’
    • ‘Girls are responsible for a worrying surge in violent, bullying and disruptive behaviour in York schools.’
    troublemaking, troublesome, unruly, rowdy, disorderly, undisciplined, attention-seeking, riotous, wild, turbulent
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    1. 1.1 Innovative or groundbreaking.
      ‘breaking a disruptive technology into the market is never easy’
      • ‘Because disruptive innovations often see failure before success, flexibility is critical to survival.’
      • ‘Vendors with disruptive upgrades and maintenance strategies will be at a major competitive disadvantage as new games for maintenance and upgrades drive new rules.’
      • ‘Rising mental illness seems an inescapable consequence of the kind of rapid, disruptive change driven by market capitalism.’
      • ‘For a while, it looks like the movie will use the "pay it forward" idea to examine the disruptive power of compassion.’
      • ‘That's the disruptive idea behind the awe-inspiring Eden Project.’
      • ‘It's also a disruptive technology where you have to re-engineer your environment.’
      • ‘Disruptive innovation can create or destroy the market for entire product lines.’
      • ‘Currently, we are experiencing a disruptive period which should be viewed in the larger evolutionary spectrum.’
      • ‘Her clever ruse contrasts the disruptive force of the historical moment at hand.’
      • ‘It is pellucidly obvious that technologies - like the invention of the internal combustion engine or the written word - are disruptive.’
      • ‘As Reiter points out, the resolution is getting better very quickly (and this follows the classic disruptive technology trend lines).’
      • ‘Goodbye, portals, you were just dealt a death-defying blow from a (new) disruptive technology.’
      • ‘This chapter also introduces a third contextual dimension to the disruptive innovation model introduced in Dilemma.’
      • ‘However, a disruptive technology or innovation has emerged that supports a potential revolution to reverse that trend in a dramatic way.’
      • ‘This includes even those ' disruptive ' technologies that replace older ones (cars v horse buggies, compact disc v cassette tape, etc).’
      • ‘The capital is allowing disruptive technologies to flourish.’
      • ‘You have said that you want to take a disruptive approach in North America.’
      • ‘This column is mainly about how to properly manage the introduction of a disruptive technology, which is harder than most people would guess.’
      innovative, inventive, ingenious, original, innovatory, innovational, new, novel, fresh, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, unusual, unfamiliar, unprecedented, avant-garde, experimental
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