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English definition of “destabilize”

destabilize

verb [T] (UK usually destabilise)     /ˌdiːˈsteɪ.bəl.aɪz/
to make a government, area, or political group lose power or control, or to make a political or economic situation less strong or safe, by causing changes and problems: They uncovered a plot to destabilize the government. The conflict destabilized the whole region. Further increases in imports could destabilize the economy.Upsetting and destabilizing destabilization (UK usually destabilisation)     /diˌsteɪ.bəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] destabilizing (UK usually destabilising)     /-aɪ.zɪŋ/ adjective [before noun] The conflict had a seriously destabilizing effect on the region.Dangerous and harmful
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