dis·​joint·​ed | \-ˈjȯin-təd \

Definition of disjointed 

1a : being thrown out of orderly function a disjointed society

b : lacking coherence or orderly sequence an incomplete and disjointed history

2 : separated at or as if at the joint

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Other Words from disjointed

disjointedly adverb
disjointedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disjointed


choppy, disconnected, incoherent, unconnected


coherent, connected

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Examples of disjointed in a Sentence

a disjointed harangue about a hodgepodge of things that are supposedly wrong with our society

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However, Didier Deschamps’ men inexplicably lost control of the game, looking disjointed and being erratic all of the sudden. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Spain draw Germany, Argentina win without Messi and the best of the soccer weekend," 25 Mar. 2018 The Timbers have had some promising moments in the last two weeks, but the group has often looked disjointed and out of sync as well. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Giovanni Savarese, Portland Timbers embracing week off following 'embarrassing' loss," 13 Nov. 2017 The disjointed layout makes the house feel light and airy, despite being built from sturdy volumes of metal. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Airy shipping container house is rich in glass and greenery," 1 Nov. 2018 This can make Donut County feel a bit like a disjointed set of distinct puzzles, rather than a wide world ready to be explored and subsumed. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Donut County lets you become one with nothingness," 27 Aug. 2018 Also, while Sunday was a near-flawless performance, most of their games in these playoffs have been more disjointed. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Unnerving Excellence of Steph Curry and the Warriors," 4 June 2018 Nothing looked disjointed this time, everyone hit on all cylinders, and three titles in four years is beginning to look like a foregone conclusion. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Unnerving Excellence of Steph Curry and the Warriors," 4 June 2018 Those who had followed Argentina closely prior to their draw with Iceland wouldn't have been surprised with how disjointed and lacking in confidence the South American giants looked in their opening fixture. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Argentina vs Croatia - Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 20 June 2018 Marcos Rojo was the unlikely match-winner, an emphatic finish of which even his captain would have been proud, to ensure Jorge Sampaoli's disjointed, disorganised and, at times, desperate team are still alive at this World Cup. Thomas Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of disjointed

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of disjointed was circa 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of disjointed

: lacking order and organization


dis·​joint·​ed | \dis-ˈjȯin-təd \

Kids Definition of disjointed

: not clear and orderly a disjointed story

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disjointedly adverb spoke disjointedly

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