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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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 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

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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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