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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disjointedly adverb
disjointedness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Bank for International Settlements has warned that disjointed national efforts could lead to a second wave of cases, a worst-case scenario that would leave U.S. GDP close to 12% below its pre-virus level by the end of 2020. David Goodman, Bloomberg.com, "World Economy Faces $5 Trillion Hit That’s Like Losing Japan," 13 May 2020 The Pentagon has long promoted its commitment to avoiding civilian casualties but has been criticized for an opaque reporting process and disjointed steps to guarantee accountability. New York Times, "U.S. Military Killed 132 Civilians in Wars Last Year, Pentagon Says," 7 May 2020 The fatal confusion of the United States’ response to the coronavirus crisis is now moving to a more disjointed stage: the rush to reopen. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Rush to Reopen," 3 May 2020 As a result, rather than one long, disjointed turn at the podium, Trump’s appearances Tuesday were more narrowly focused and relatively short. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "Trump team scrambles to refocus message after bleach debacle," 28 Apr. 2020 When the numbers got too big to ignore, Moscow's sloppy, disjointed message to its citizens only exacerbated the problem and people started pushing back, taking to the streets in frustration. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Russians fed up with Putin as infections, deaths from coronavirus grow," 23 Apr. 2020 But the lessons of the truncated drill are vital for Western war plans, which depend on armies being able to dash east over Europe’s disjointed road and rail system in a crisis. The Economist, "Yankees go home America’s dry run to defend Europe is derailed by covid-19," 23 Apr. 2020 Much of it was by necessity, for the challenges of raising troops and coordinating strategy were simply too difficult for the North’s disjointed governors. Ted Widmer, Time, "How Lincoln Managed America's Governors to Become a Great National Leader," 17 Apr. 2020 The death is already wrapped up in what has become a story of disjointed leadership in the Navy, where top officials pitted themselves against the ship’s captain and medical crew in the battle to contain the disease. Eric Schmitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Sailor on Roosevelt, whose captain pleaded for help, dies from coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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“Disjointed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjointed. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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

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disjointedly adverb spoke disjointedly

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