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 Blazers looked disjointed and often demoralized against the Pelicans, and there were few silver linings. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Anthony Davis's Long-Awaited Breakthrough Plunges Portland Into Identity Crisis," 21 Apr. 2018 Historical tragedy mixes with contemporary chaos, interspersed with performance footage and interviews suffused with Presley’s trademark charisma, creating a disjointed experience. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "In the documentary 'The King,' Eugene Jarecki hits the road to explore byways branching from Elvis Presley to Trump's America," 28 June 2018 An ineffective and disjointed opposition had called for a national strike on Tuesday, in response to the government’s economic measures. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelans Skeptical of Maduro’s Latest Measures to Salvage Economy," 21 Aug. 2018 The pleasure of touching a flip-sequin product is the pleasure of restoring chaos without effort; even the most disjointed image can quickly return to its orderly form with just a gentle brush of the hand. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 Indeed, the material, although both fascinating and entertaining, is left displayed naked on the dissection table in a somewhat disjointed and frivolous manner that is ultimately disappointing. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 The researchers hope to garner more data on whether a group of people are capable of making one person execute a fluid series of tasks, or whether the results will be disjointed and random. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "MIT Media Lab will let the internet control a human’s actions for one Halloween evening," 26 Oct. 2018 So Mitchell was regularly forced to stop and cede time to Democrats, which gave her line of questioning a disjointed and dizzying feel. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 7 most important moments from Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 The plot is confusing, disjointed, and seemingly devoted to setting up a convoluted storyline that will play out in future installments. Aja Romano, Vox, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie," 17 Nov. 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 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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to take the place or position of

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