verb (used with object), de·sta·bi·lized, de·sta·bi·liz·ing.

  1. to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace.


  1. (tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse

1934 in a physical sense; earlier (1924) with reference to political systems, governments, nations, etc.; see de- + stabilize. Related: Destabilized; destabilizing.

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