Adjective "Disruptive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing or tending to cause disruption.
  1. 'the hours of work are disruptive to home life'
  2. 'At an early age he began to show signs of stubborn and disruptive behavior.'
  3. 'In this case, the family have agreed to reform their disruptive behaviour in a pioneering legal deal.'
  4. 'It is disruptive of received ways of understanding the world or even of other places.'
  5. 'They have brought these children up to be disruptive and offensive.'
  6. 'The disruptive behaviour of a small minority of pupils can wreak havoc in the classrooms and corridors.'
  7. 'The pupils said the boy was known for his disruptive behaviour and had been acting up in the lesson that day.'
  8. 'Girls are responsible for a worrying surge in violent, bullying and disruptive behaviour in York schools.'
  9. 'Their disruptive behaviour means that they often miss much of the teaching that is going on.'
  10. 'There's been no prolonged bad weather so it's been less disruptive than normal.'
  11. 'There is no meaningful inclusion for the disruptive pupil, and it is not rewarding nor satisfying for staff.'
  12. 'That's the disruptive idea behind the awe-inspiring Eden Project.'
  13. 'For a while, it looks like the movie will use the "pay it forward" idea to examine the disruptive power of compassion.'
  14. 'It's also a disruptive technology where you have to re-engineer your environment.'
  15. 'This chapter also introduces a third contextual dimension to the disruptive innovation model introduced in Dilemma.'
  16. 'Goodbye, portals, you were just dealt a death-defying blow from a (new) disruptive technology.'
  17. 'It is pellucidly obvious that technologies - like the invention of the internal combustion engine or the written word - are disruptive.'
  18. 'Her clever ruse contrasts the disruptive force of the historical moment at hand.'
  19. 'Because disruptive innovations often see failure before success, flexibility is critical to survival.'
  20. 'You have said that you want to take a disruptive approach in North America.'


1. causing, tending to cause, or caused by disruption; disrupting: the disruptive effect of their rioting.

2. Business. 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 innovat

More examples(as adjective)

"offences can be disruptive of lives."

"years can be disruptive of lives."

"visits can be disruptive of curricula."

"symptoms can be disruptive to lives."

"regimes can be disruptive for offices."

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