dis·​junct | \ dis-ˈjəŋ(k)t How to pronounce disjunct (audio) \

Definition of disjunct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by separation of or from usually contiguous parts or individuals: such as
b : relating to melodic progression by intervals larger than a major second — compare conjunct


dis·​junct | \ ˈdis-ˌjəŋ(k)t How to pronounce disjunct (audio) , dis-ˈjəŋ(k)t How to pronounce disjunct (audio) \

Definition of disjunct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of the alternatives that make up a logical disjunction
2 : an adverb or adverbial (such as luckily in "Luckily we had an extra set" or in short in "In short, there is nothing we can do") that is loosely connected to a sentence and conveys the speaker's or writer's comment on its content, truth, or manner — compare adjunct sense 2b

Examples of disjunct in a Sentence

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As disjunct as Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair’s slightly too-long musical is, the two wend their way through it all smoothly. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Wanna see 'Clue' onstage? 'Murder For Two' might be for you," 11 May 2018 So to have Anna, a television actress, bemoan the confines of her industry creates an unfortunate disjunct that weakens the narrative and lessens our sympathy. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Woman, a Part’ and a Quest to Reconnect," 21 Mar. 2017 Usually, new moons occur only once a month, but because there’s a slight disjunct between the moon’s phases—a 29.5-day cycle, on average—and the Gregorian calendar, some months can have two new moons: one at the beginning and one at the end. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "The September 30 Black Moon Explained," 28 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of disjunct


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disjunct


Middle English, from Latin disjunctus, past participle of disjungere to disjoin

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