Definition of destabilize in US English:



[with object]
  • Upset the stability of; cause unrest in.

    ‘the discovery of an affair can destabilize a relationship’
    • ‘It won't damage the country or destabilise the Middle East.’
    • ‘The relationship has come to dominate British debates affecting domestic and foreign issues and has destabilized both Labour and Conservative parties.’
    • ‘We have a Presidency, an executive power, which cannot be destabilized by a parliamentary destabilization.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly the corruption scandal is being used by these forces to destabilise the government and whip it into line.’
    • ‘It was something like a planned experiment in how bribes might be used to destabilize a government considered unfriendly to the US.’
    • ‘It was aimed at destabilising the republic and preparing a coup, should the Communist Party come to power.’
    • ‘The government has accused labour unions of trying to destabilise the country, after they broke off negotiations on Friday.’
    • ‘This occurred at a time when the government was under destabilizing military and economic pressure.’
    • ‘It is stupid to say that this is the work of parties, ideologies or subversive and destabilizing agents from Cuba and Venezuela.’
    • ‘But they had no intention of promoting socialist revolutions, which would have destabilised the position of the bureaucracy in the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘These terrorist groups seek to destabilize entire nations and regions.’
    • ‘Nothing destabilizes paramilitaries more than democracy and the people having choice.’
    • ‘But having started, they must now succeed in stabilising the euro without destabilising the dollar.’
    • ‘Political and sectarian violence destabilized the new state from the outset.’
    • ‘The soft underbelly of Europe, the Balkans, which is constantly being destabilized, is a great weakening of all of European civilization.’
    • ‘There are emergency powers to deal with destabilizing unrest.’
    • ‘Their leaders would be investigated for destabilising the economy and union members would be disciplined or sacked.’
    • ‘He said the motive of the killers was sinister and aimed at destabilising the country.’
    • ‘The state of almost permanent warfare within the establishment is destabilising every aspect of government.’
    • ‘The rebellion was financed by US imperialism as part of its Cold War operations aimed at destabilising the Soviet Union.’
    undermine, weaken, impair, damage, subvert, sabotage, unsettle, upset, disrupt, wreck, ruin
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