dis·​joint·​ed | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈjȯin-təd How to pronounce disjointed (audio) \

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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The grimmest night of all was March 8, 2017, at the SheBelieves Cup in Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium, when a thoroughly disjointed U.S. team went down 2-0 after nine minutes to France and ultimately lost 3-0. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Unflappable. Unapologetic. Unequaled.," 8 July 2019 Their triumph Friday night stands in stark contrast to the Lakers’ disjointed failure, obvious with George last year and repeated with Leonard now. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Why did Lakers lose Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Clippers? Their biggest weakness," 6 July 2019 It's been a weird, disjointed season to date for Eric Thames. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Corey Knebel tries to stay connected with the team," 30 June 2019 In contention — Mike Minor, Rangers; Charlie Morton, Rays; Jose Berrios, Twins; Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees. NL Cy Young Max Scherzer, Nationals — In what has been a disjointed season in Washington, Scherzer remains fearsome. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Baseball’s award winners at midway point of season," 29 June 2019 The disjointed mix of bicycle infrastructure designs resulting from years of planners trying to squeeze bikes into a car centric paradigm needs to be updated with consistent and intuitive design standards. Copenhagenize Design Co., WIRED, "The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked," 27 June 2019 Haney and Ronen have framed the measure as a critical revamp of the city’s mental health care system, one that’s needed to unify disjointed care that fails to help many desperately ill people. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Breed, board amp up battle over measure to overhaul mental health system," 18 June 2019 Why bother going out to watch the disjointed, partial, live version? Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The onslaught of disjointed news and commentary threatened to distract from Trump’s purpose for the visit — to pay tribute to the veterans of the battle that shifted the course of World War II 75 years ago. Washington Post, "Trump honors D-Day vets, discusses Vietnam deferment," 6 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce disjointed (audio) \

Kids Definition of disjointed

: not clear and orderly a disjointed story

Other Words from disjointed

disjointedly adverb spoke disjointedly

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