Definition of destabilize in US English:


(British destabilise)


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