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dɪsˈrʌp tɪvdis·rup·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disruptive, riotous, troubled, tumultuous, turbulentadjective

    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

    "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive"; "riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly childhood"


  1. disruptiveadjective

    Causing disrupt or unrest.

    He has tendencies to exhibit disruptive behaviour

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disruptiveadjective

    causing, or tending to cause, disruption; caused by disruption; breaking through; bursting; as, the disruptive discharge of an electrical battery

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disruptive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disruptive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disruptive in a Sentence

  1. Brad Blakeman:

    This is a militant organization that wants to use this election cycle to be disruptive. It’s wrong and the more Democrats cower to them, the worse it gets.

  2. Kitili Mbathi:

    Yes, it has been disruptive but we are trying and they (the contractors) are trying to minimize the disruption.

  3. Robert Ashley:

    China and Russia present the greatest threat of developing new military capabilities using emerging and disruptive technologies.

  4. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles:

    We hope people will choose to do something community oriented, focus on moving the community forward together as opposed to anything that might be disruptive.

  5. Brian Smedley:

    We think the Fed understands the risks associated with waiting too long to lift off, as an abrupt tightening down the road ... could be disruptive.

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