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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Even Antetokounmpo can sometimes seem disconnected from any broader process. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Bucks Have Serious Soul-Searching To Do," 30 Mar. 2018 Her face was completely impassive and disconnected, with a small voice. Fox News, "Clinic rescues hearts, and minds, of young Yazidis abused by ISIS," 21 June 2018 But the events have also taken on a poignant air of irrelevance; the clothes feel disconnected from the marketplace, and indeed, they are rarely promoted on the Marc Jacobs e-commerce site. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "How Marc Jacobs Fell Out of Fashion," 2 June 2018 Being able to go to the meetings, and live-streaming them for others that can’t attend, and talking to members about my concerns gives me a way to do something, rather than be at home, disconnected and powerless. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Bernie Sanders supporter attends every DNC reform meeting. DNC member calls her a Russian plant.," 12 June 2018 Or in this instance, a random series of disconnected conversations got interpreted by Alexa as a specific and connected series of commands. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Alexa creepily recorded a family's private conversations, sent them to business associate," 24 May 2018 Immediately following the loss Saturday, Calipari called out his team's lack of passing and cited a disconnected defensive performance. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "John Calipari says his practice decision cost Kentucky basketball at Florida," 5 Mar. 2018 Yet these inchoate demands have become so disconnected from the normal mechanisms of politics that no Congress, representing 535 elections, could possibly turn them into legislation. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars," 11 July 2018 But one way to keep that support low until then is to continue to allow people to represent Trump who are so disconnected from the concerns of black Americans that make comments with racist connotations when trying to minimize them. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump ally David Bossie’s dismissive ‘cotton picking’ comment to a black pundit," 25 June 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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not any or not one

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