dis·​junc·​tion | \ dis-ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce disjunction (audio) \

Definition of disjunction

1 : a sharp cleavage : disunion, separation the disjunction between theory and practice
2 : a compound sentence in logic formed by joining two simple statements by or:

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Disjunction vs Disconnect

A disjunction may be a mere lack of connection between two things, or a large gulf. There's often a huge disjunction between what people expect from computers and what they know about them, and the disjunction between a star's public image and her actual character may be just as big. We may speak of the disjunction between science and morality, between doing and telling, or between knowing and explaining. In recent years, disjunction seem to have been losing out to a newer synonym, the noun disconnect.

Examples of disjunction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Jacobs’s previous film, The Lovers, the storytelling seemed to be going nowhere, but this film finds drollery in the disjunction between life and relationships. Armond White, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 The picture is mostly brown and black and has the strumming power, clattering dark shadows, and internal disjunction of a cave painting. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021 The same disjunction is present, but less comic, in the way that Dorothy processes her miscarriage. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2021 In this particular case, the happenstance discovery helps bring some resolution to a disjunction in the archaeological record. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2021 However, the disjunction from the General Conference talk seems only clearer in the Brigham Young University devotional. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020 We’ve often noted — and written about — the frequent disjunction between the sleek, luxurious places where the festivals happen and the misery depicted onscreen. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2020 This disjunction between an escalating long-term crisis and slow-moving, limited social services has put CAHOOTS, by default, in the position of bridging this unmet demand for help. Krithika Varagur, The New York Review of Books, 18 Sep. 2020 The objects themselves are very ordinary—how significant is the disjunction in the story between the ordinary and the extraordinary? Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disjunction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disjunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjunction. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disjunction

formal : a lack of connection between things that are related or should be connected


dis·​junc·​tion | \ dis-ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce disjunction (audio) \

Medical Definition of disjunction

: the separation of chromosomes or chromatids during anaphase of mitosis or meiosis

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