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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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Precisely because the war in Bosnia is archetypal, this is a moment that could determine the ability of international institutions to manage this form of transnational disintegrative violence in the future.
To the question of how religion has interacted with these new dynamic forces, particularly the growth of ethnic consciousness and its link with national politics, it could be said at once that religious forces have signally failed to maintain their integrity when faced by the disintegrative forces of ethnic nationalism.
There is a disintegrative quality to reaching out beyond neighborhood and nationality lines.
In this battle of rival perceptions, progress for one group of women translated into disintegrative social upheaval for another.
The disintegrative consequences of the "great disorder" extended to include the guiding narratives of German history.
Finally, French scientific academics envisioned in the specialization of disciplines an affirmation of the unity of the science at the same time that German elites conceived such specialization as disintegrative of the "whole man" and their intellectual ideal.
The abortive coup exposed the disintegrative trends in our society.
A number of trends appear to favor the gloomier alternative: public discontent, loss of confidence in the central authorities, and resurgent nationalism have fanned disintegrative tendencies, while rising crime and ethnic violence seem to bear out of Amalrik's warning that "anarchy, violence, and intense national hatred" could become endemic.
These three conditions, along with Rett's syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder, make up the broad diagnostic category of pervasive developmental disorders.
The publication of DSM-IV (1994) (15) brought another change: Specific criteria were outlined for the diagnoses of Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorders; in the DSM-IV-Text Revision (TR) (2000), (16) this structure remained relatively stable.
Other conditions along the spectrum include the milder Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
As currently proposed, the DSM-5 would create a new name for the category - autism spectrum disorder - that would include autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.

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