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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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 Loneliness isn’t just a emotional state of feeling disconnected. Dawn Fallik, Washington Post, "What to do about lonely older men? Put them to work.," 24 June 2018 This approach might be viable if Israel were a minor country disconnected from great-power politics. Ilan Berman, WSJ, "Israel’s Dangerous Dalliance With China," 13 Jan. 2019 But those problems are also anomalous and in many ways disconnected from the very real struggles faced by college athletes. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "How to Pay College Athletes Without Ruining NCAA Sports," 31 Mar. 2018 The stock market would seem disconnected from the rest of the U.S. economy. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Tech stocks lead slump that erases November’s gain," 19 Nov. 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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