causing problems, noise, etc. so that something cannot continue normally She had a disruptive influence on the rest of the class.Extra examples a highly disruptive group of students children with highly disruptive behaviour potentially disruptive elements in society He warned that her presence was potentially disruptive. Library staff are trained to deal with disruptive children. She was a disruptive influence on the rest of the class. The company has managed to avoid the disruptive effects of industrial action. Working such long hours can be extremely disruptive to home life.