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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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 Where the former was strong, united and balanced, the latter looked limp, disjointed, and largely disinterested. SI.com, "Why Everton Must Learn From Their History in Next Managerial Appointment or Be Doomed to Repeat it," 18 May 2018 For stretches Saturday their offense appeared disjointed and flat, a look in stark contrast to the talent involved. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Duke's Defense is Lacking for a Team With Title Hopes," 3 Feb. 2018 Zardes, who scored an impressive 16 goals for the Galaxy in 2014 but only two in an injury-marred and disjointed 2017 season for him and the team, was traded to the Columbus Crew on Jan. 20 for forward Ola Kamara. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Since leaving the Galaxy, Gyasi Zardes has found a home and his game in Columbus," 6 July 2018 The last chance of the game in a bitty and disjointed second half fell to Roberto Firmino. SI.com, "Swansea 1-0 Liverpool: Mawson Strike Gives Struggling Swans Vital Win Despite Reds Dominance," 22 Jan. 2018 But without her work, her thoughts became disjointed. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 After winning the World Cup in 2014, the defending champions have looked disjointed. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to know as the World Cup escalates," 25 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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one that holds something together

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