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disturbance

noun
     
Related topics: Psychology, Psychiatry
dis‧turb‧ance
1 [uncountable and countable] formal a situation in which people behave violently in public:
There were disturbances in the crowd as fans left the stadium.
army training on controlling civil disturbance
2 [uncountable and countable] something that interrupts what you are doing, or the act of making this happen:
We arrange the work so there's as little disturbance as possible.
disturbance to
When a helicopter lands, it can cause a disturbance to local residents.
3 [uncountable]MP a medical condition in which someone is mentally ill and does not behave normally:
a history of mental disturbance

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