- 1 [mass noun] The interruption of a settled and peaceful condition: a helicopter landing can cause disturbance to residentsMore example sentences
- I had expected a degree of disturbance and interruption as I switched over to Retirement Pension from Incapacity Benefit, and still do.
- Goliath continued, wanting no disturbance or interruption in his clarification.
- Try to find a quiet place that has no possibility of disturbance or interruption.
- 1.1 [count noun] A breakdown of peaceful and law-abiding behaviour: the disturbances were precipitated when four men were refused bailMore example sentences
- The people gathered round then debated what ‘damages’ she would have to pay to the community for having caused a disturbance of the peace.
- According to Bulgarian border police, the group had caused a disturbance of the peace and were not fit to enter the country.
- The state defines unlawful assembly as a threat of ‘tumultuous disturbance of the peace.’
- 1.2 Law Interference with rights or property.More example sentences
- Police said the allegations against the nine Britons still held, ranged from bodily injury to robbery or disturbance of public order.
- Authorities charged them both with trespassing, peace disturbance, and resisting arrest.
- Such construction would minimise property disturbance whilst complying with the topography of the terrain.
- 2A state in which normal mental or physical functioning is disrupted: children with learning difficulty and personality disturbanceMore example sentences
- The assumption is that, well these people had a mental disturbance or mental illness, that's why they did what they did.
- Their personal problems and mental disturbances did not disturb brisk activities.
- Those children lucky enough to survive the disease may have persistent mental or neurological disturbances.
Middle English: from Old French destourbance, from destourber (see disturb).