Definition of disruptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈrʌptɪv/


1Causing or tending to cause disruption: disruptive pupils the hours of work are disruptive to home life
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  • It recently balloted its members on the refusal to teach a pupil who had a long-term record of disruptive behaviour.
  • The disruptive behaviour of a small minority of pupils can wreak havoc in the classrooms and corridors.
  • Teachers said he was disruptive and his behaviour put other pupils at risk.
troublemaking, troublesome, unruly, rowdy, disorderly, undisciplined, attention-seeking, riotous, wild, turbulent;
unmanageable, uncontrollable, out of control/hand, unrestrained, obstreperous, truculent, fractious, divisive;
badly behaved, misbehaving, errant, uncooperative, rebellious;
disturbing, distracting, unsettling, upsetting, noisy, raucous
formal refractory
1.1Innovative or groundbreaking: breaking a disruptive technology into the market is never easy
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  • Goodbye, portals, you were just dealt a death-defying blow from a (new) disruptive technology.
  • Rising mental illness seems an inescapable consequence of the kind of rapid, disruptive change driven by market capitalism.
  • Her clever ruse contrasts the disruptive force of the historical moment at hand.
innovative, inventive, ingenious, original, innovatory, innovational, new, novel, fresh, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, unusual, unfamiliar, unprecedented, avant-garde, experimental;
groundbreaking, pioneering, trailblazing, revolutionary, radical, advanced, newfangled, modern, modernistic, ultra-modern, state-of-the-art, futuristic
rare new-fashioned, neoteric



Pronunciation: /dɪsˈrʌptɪvli/
Example sentences
  • What nobody has done yet, though, is to extrapolate these plans into other crisis areas where too many reporters chomp around disruptively in too little space.
  • But the latter strove disruptively for extreme changes in religion and the law, until the moderate majority, to Cromwell's relief, staged a walk-out on 12 December and resigned their authority back into his hands.
  • So even though IP telephony is a potentially disruptive technology for the marketplace, it doesn't act disruptively in people's lives.


Pronunciation: /dɪsˈrʌptɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • It is a suicidal folly to condone, much less encourage, any anarchic agenda, overlooking its disruptiveness in the national context.
  • All evidence points towards its disruptiveness and the fact that the organization and its leadership was not a part of the freedom struggle.
  • Can you disaggregate the student's disruptiveness from his being out of step with the rest of the class?

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