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English definition of “turbulence”


noun [U] (CONFUSION)   /ˈtɜr·bjə·ləns/
a state of confusion and lack of order: political turbulence His songs reflect the turbulence of his times.
(Definition of turbulence noun (CONFUSION) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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