dis·​con·​nect·​ed | \ ˌdis-kə-ˈnek-təd How to pronounce disconnected (audio) \

Definition of disconnected

: not connected : separate also : incoherent a disconnected narrative

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Other Words from disconnected

disconnectedly adverb
disconnectedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disconnected


choppy, disjointed, incoherent, unconnected


coherent, connected

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Examples of disconnected in a Sentence

The phone lines are all disconnected. Her biography reads like a series of disconnected stories.

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Despite so much technology, people are more disconnected than ever. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "The CEO Behind Tinder, OkCupid on the Future of Online Dating," 21 Dec. 2018 Smartphones are a link to your community — no wonder people don’t want to feel disconnected. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The constant stress of the battery meter," 17 Aug. 2018 On the surface, the Wilsons are just like many of us in today’s digital age: Completely disconnected from each other and engrossed in their own needs, desires, and fears. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 When the poster boy for integration is so disconnected from German values, what hope is there for the great many refugees who’ve arrived in recent months—and who will, surely, keep on coming? Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "A Toxic Turkish Photo-Op," 29 July 2018 But then there are people more like myself, who don’t feel so disconnected from the pain. Jessica Delfino, SELF, "Do Women Really 'Forget' the Pain of Childbirth? Because I Sure Didn’t," 13 Nov. 2018 Even if your new home has lines already, the connection of these lines has been / will be fully disconnected upon service disconnection of the current or previous resident. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast charges $90 install fee at homes that already have Comcast installed," 15 May 2018 The experience of feeling disconnected and distressed with your body and/or gender assigned at birth. Chella Man, Teen Vogue, "What It’s Like to Be Trans and Live With Gender Dysphoria," 21 Sep. 2018 The architecture has quite a bit of flexibility: qubits can be connected and disconnected from each other, meaning that operations on one qubit don’t add noise to the disconnected qubits. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of disconnected

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disconnected was in 1783

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English Language Learners Definition of disconnected

: not connected to something (such as a power source)
: not having parts joined together in a logical way

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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