dis·​con·​nect·​ed ˌdis-kə-ˈnek-təd How to pronounce disconnected (audio)
: not connected : separate
also : incoherent
a disconnected narrative
disconnectedly adverb
disconnectedness noun

Examples of disconnected in a Sentence

The phone lines are all disconnected. Her biography reads like a series of disconnected stories.
Recent Examples on the Web During the mission, one capsule malfunctioned, possibly because its data cable became disconnected from the telescope during launch. Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 On the other, last season’s arc about Ellen coming out of the closet while serving in the Oval Office felt a bit disconnected from the rest of the series. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Communication and internet services within the Gaza Strip were completely disconnected for a second time in less than a week earlier Wednesday. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2023 Arkansas scored low in a variety of categories, including exercise opportunities, disconnected youth rate, air pollution and mentally unhealthy days. Angelica Stabile, Fox News, 12 Oct. 2023 The only item is the basement is a disconnected telephone that begins ringing. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 27 Oct. 2023 Eyes a little glassy, his voice almost disconnected. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2023 But the exchange seems wholly disconnected from what Loki is up to throughout the season’s first four episodes. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 3 Oct. 2023 The redrawing of the 73rd District and its implications are emblematic of the extreme gerrymandering that defines Wisconsin — where maps have been drawn in irregular and disconnected shapes over the last two decades, helping Republicans seize and keep sweeping power. Megan O’Matz, ProPublica, 23 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disconnected was in 1751

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“Disconnected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnected. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: not connected : separate
: impossible to understand : incoherent sense 2
a disconnected speech
disconnectedly adverb
disconnectedness noun

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