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 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 The rhetoric on the right around the Kavanaugh allegations represents a large group whose crimes are disconnected from punishment. Vesla Mae Weaver, Vox, "The Kavanaugh hearings show who we afford a second chance and who we don’t," 28 Sep. 2018 In 2017, an 8-year-old female pigtail macaque died of thirst after the water line to its cage became disconnected. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Research monkey strangles to death at new UW animal lab," 20 Sep. 2018 Recognizing that the Guymon fire department had become disconnected from a sizable part of the community it was supposed to serve, leaders began trying to adjust the department’s culture to include more Latino residents. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Answering the call," 1 June 2018 The patient, records indicate, fell while returning to bed after using the restroom, and his nurse didn’t hear the alarms which are designed to let caregivers know when monitors become disconnected. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Investigative reports show Palomar operating room fire involved patient," 10 May 2018 At first, the adventures of ’80s video game villain Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and ’00s racer game heroine Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) seem largely disconnected or plot-driven. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but for the internet," 21 Nov. 2018 The neurological pathways that connected his brain to his muscle memory had been dormant and disconnected so long that the wiring had decayed, leaving him as helpless as a toddler. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of disconnected

1783, in the meaning defined above

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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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