Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “disruptive”

See all translations

disruptive

adjective uk   /dɪsˈrʌp.tɪv/ us  
C2 causing trouble and therefore stopping something from continuing as usual: His teacher described him as a noisy, disruptive influence in class.
disruptively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Translations of “disruptive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 搗亂的,引起混亂的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 捣乱的,引起混乱的…
(Definition of disruptive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of disruptive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “disruptive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

advent calendar

a decorative piece of card, often hung on the wall, that has a small opening with a door for each of the days of the month before Christmas. Children open one of these doors each day, finding a picture under it.

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More