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v. dis·in·te·grat·ed, dis·in·te·grat·ing, dis·in·te·grates
1. To become reduced to components, fragments, or particles. See Synonyms at decay.
2. To lose cohesion or unity: pressures that cause families to disintegrate
3. Physics & Chemistry To decompose, decay, or undergo a nuclear transformation.
To cause to disintegrate.

dis·in′te·gra′tive adj.
dis·in′te·gra′tor n.
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Adj.1.disintegrative - tending to cause breakup into constituent elements or parts
integrative - combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole
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265) The main difference between shaming that is reintegrative and shaming that is disintegrative is that disintegrative shaming seeks to stigmatize the offender in order to create a class of outcasts, while reintegrative shaming pays more attention to de-labeling the offender as a gesture of reacceptance and forgiveness.
The evident consequence of such exclusion is that if one component is neglected or becomes out of balance, disintegrative forces may emerge that can threaten a state's stability or even its continued existence.
It is an answer to the disintegrative forces of the modern world where the centre fails to hold.
They fluctuate between disintegrative individualism and dehumanizing collectivism.
Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) is a rare pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) which is characterised by a marked regression in multiple areas of development after 2 years of normal development and before 10 years of age.
Analogously, a legal system adopts either an integrative approach to law (IAL) or a disintegrative approach to law (DAL).
The DSM-5, published in 2013, redefined the autism spectrum to encompass the previous (DSM-IV-TR) diagnoses of autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett syndrome.
Yet Yepez resists the ongoing "Americanization of the world"--Hollywood romanticism and cultural imperialism under a single topology--through a disintegrative praxis that embraces a poetics of difference, disorder, forgetfulness.
21) Milder conditions along the spectrum include Asperger's Syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as "PDD-NOS").
It is a spectrum of disorders which includes Asperger's Disorder, Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS) and Atypical Autism (Meletis 2007).
Previous editions identified a number of developmental disorders similar to autism, including Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.
The American Psychiatric Association is expected to create a new category in its diagnostic definitions: "Autism spectrum disorder" would include several diagnoses that used to be listed separately, including autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder.

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