Definition of disruptive in English:

disruptive

adjective

  • 1Causing or tending to cause disruption.

    ‘disruptive pupils’
    ‘the hours of work are disruptive to home life’
    • ‘It recently balloted its members on the refusal to teach a pupil who had a long-term record of disruptive behaviour.’
    • ‘The disruptive behaviour of a small minority of pupils can wreak havoc in the classrooms and corridors.’
    • ‘Teachers said he was disruptive and his behaviour put other pupils at risk.’
    • ‘The pupils said the boy was known for his disruptive behaviour and had been acting up in the lesson that day.’
    • ‘A dedicated post to tackle disruptive behaviour on council estates will be created by Kingston Council.’
    • ‘Parents of disruptive pupils have somehow to be involved positively.’
    • ‘There is no meaningful inclusion for the disruptive pupil, and it is not rewarding nor satisfying for staff.’
    • ‘Goddard admits that his disruptive behaviour was akin to engaging in battle and resulted in his expulsion.’
    • ‘In this case, the family have agreed to reform their disruptive behaviour in a pioneering legal deal.’
    • ‘So the source of destructive and disruptive black behaviour is not in their culture.’
    • ‘Many teachers are also angry at what they claim is a lack of funding for support to deal with disruptive pupils.’
    • ‘It is also meant to avoid the disruptive ethnic divisions that reside in partisan politics.’
    • ‘His behaviour was disruptive and he was arrested for motoring offences.’
    • ‘Their disruptive behaviour means that they often miss much of the teaching that is going on.’
    • ‘It is disruptive of received ways of understanding the world or even of other places.’
    • ‘A more straightforward, and less disruptive, solution to this problem would be to make the tests harder.’
    • ‘There's been no prolonged bad weather so it's been less disruptive than normal.’
    • ‘They have brought these children up to be disruptive and offensive.’
    • ‘At an early age he began to show signs of stubborn and disruptive behavior.’
    troublemaking, troublesome, unruly, rowdy, disorderly, undisciplined, attention-seeking, riotous, wild, turbulent
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    1. 1.1Innovative or groundbreaking.
      ‘breaking a disruptive technology into the market is never easy’
      • ‘Goodbye, portals, you were just dealt a death-defying blow from a (new) disruptive technology.’
      • ‘Rising mental illness seems an inescapable consequence of the kind of rapid, disruptive change driven by market capitalism.’
      • ‘Her clever ruse contrasts the disruptive force of the historical moment at hand.’
      • ‘Currently, we are experiencing a disruptive period which should be viewed in the larger evolutionary spectrum.’
      • ‘Disruptive innovation can create or destroy the market for entire product lines.’
      • ‘You have said that you want to take a disruptive approach in North America.’
      • ‘This column is mainly about how to properly manage the introduction of a disruptive technology, which is harder than most people would guess.’
      • ‘This chapter also introduces a third contextual dimension to the disruptive innovation model introduced in Dilemma.’
      • ‘That's the disruptive idea behind the awe-inspiring Eden Project.’
      • ‘It's also a disruptive technology where you have to re-engineer your environment.’
      • ‘The capital is allowing disruptive technologies to flourish.’
      • ‘It is pellucidly obvious that technologies - like the invention of the internal combustion engine or the written word - are disruptive.’
      • ‘However, a disruptive technology or innovation has emerged that supports a potential revolution to reverse that trend in a dramatic way.’
      • ‘Because disruptive innovations often see failure before success, flexibility is critical to survival.’
      • ‘This includes even those ' disruptive ' technologies that replace older ones (cars v horse buggies, compact disc v cassette tape, etc).’
      • ‘For a while, it looks like the movie will use the "pay it forward" idea to examine the disruptive power of compassion.’
      • ‘Vendors with disruptive upgrades and maintenance strategies will be at a major competitive disadvantage as new games for maintenance and upgrades drive new rules.’
      • ‘As Reiter points out, the resolution is getting better very quickly (and this follows the classic disruptive technology trend lines).’
      innovative, inventive, ingenious, original, innovatory, innovational, new, novel, fresh, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, unusual, unfamiliar, unprecedented, avant-garde, experimental
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Pronunciation

disruptive

/dɪsˈrʌptɪv/