- causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.
- relating to or noting a new product, service, or idea that radically changes an industry or business strategy, especially by creating a new market and disrupting an existing one: disruptive innovations such as the cell phone and the two-year community college.
- relating to or noting a business executive or company that introduces or is receptive to such innovation: disruptive CEOs with imagination and vision.
- involving, causing, or tending to cause disruption
adj.1862 (in electricity sense from 1842); see disrupt + -ive. Related: Disruptively; disruptiveness.