dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dislocation (audio) , -lə-\

Definition of dislocation

: the act of dislocating : the state of being dislocated: such as
a : displacement of one or more bones at a joint : luxation
b : a discontinuity in the otherwise normal lattice structure of a crystal
c : disruption of an established order

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Examples of dislocation in a Sentence

the slightest dislocation in her daily routine bothered the elderly woman

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At Princeton, Karen experiences the weird dislocations of life on one of the Ivy League’s most élite campuses. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family," 2 Sep. 2019 France’s less-privileged classes have also suffered socially from the dislocation and despair of recent years. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 The French had a new word for their own sense of dislocation — dépaysement — not feeling at home. Washington Post, "The female spies who helped liberate World War II France," 9 Aug. 2019 But what’s also stitched through her work is how the muting or stifling of these stories and perspectives creates a sense of dislocation — with long-term effects. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Toni Morrison was both a mirror and a map who reflected experience back to us," 6 Aug. 2019 The social-welfare system first envisioned during the Terror was only successfully implemented following massive labor unrest after the trauma and dislocations of the Great Depression and once again after World War II. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 Drug use is the most standard of the methods employed to grapple with prior deaths and dislocations. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019 The Harold Gray comic strip character was born in New York in The Daily News six months after Gloria, and led a similarly precarious life of dislocations and adventures. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95; Built a Fashion Empire," 17 June 2019 In that case, rolling back tax cuts can be done with less political cost or economic dislocation than canceling spending programs. Karl W. Smith, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Not all budget deficits are created equal," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for dislocation


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dislocation (audio) \

Kids Definition of dislocation

: the condition of being moved out of a normal location


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən, -lə- How to pronounce dislocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of dislocation

: displacement of one or more bones at a joint : luxation

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