Definition of disordered 

1 obsolete

a : morally reprehensible

b : unruly

2a : marked by disorder a disordered room

b : not functioning in a normal orderly healthy way a disordered mind

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Other Words from disordered

disorderedly adverb
disorderedness noun

Examples of disordered in a Sentence

The project was in a disordered state. The file was completely disordered.

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Someone with disordered eating patterns might resort to unhealthy behaviors. Elisabeth Poorman, SELF, "Why It's Not Productive to Just Tell a Patient 'You Have to Lose Weight'," 26 June 2018 Particularly in the trans and nonbinary communities, dysphoria can precipitate disordered eating patterns. Laura Bullard, Marie Claire, "Battling My Body: Being Queer with an Eating Disorder," 1 Mar. 2018 The former Disney Channel star has been open about her battles with addiction, mental illness and disordered eating for years. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Iggy Azalea Admits Knowing About Demi Lovato’s Relapse: 'I Wanted Her to Be the One to Tell'," 11 July 2018 Lovato has long battled addiction, mental illness and disordered eating – and had been sober for over six years before relapsing. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Lovato Returns to the Stage After Revealing Relapse: 'Life Is Really, Really Funny Sometimes'," 22 June 2018 While the association points out that there's no single cause of body dissatisfaction or disordered eating, media can be particularly impactful. Tiffany Onyejiaka, Teen Vogue, "Body Diversity on Teen Television Still Needs Improvement," 24 Feb. 2018 For almost as long as the internet has existed, so too have pro-eating disorder communities: blogs, groups, forums, and social media profiles where users share stories and photos related to disordered eating and body image. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters on Social Media," 13 June 2018 For decades, stoic countermen at the Milwaukee Avenue sandwich shop plied a steady but disordered scrum of adherents with cafe con leche and Cubano, steak, and medianoche sandwiches. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain The return of the great Cafe Marianao to the north side," 3 June 2018 Twitter’s Moments product is a constant stream of just such transitory and disordered reactions to context-free events. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Facebook, Snapchat and the Dawn of the Post-Truth Era," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of disordered

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of disordered

: in a confused or messy state : having a lack of order or organization

medical : not working in a normal, healthy way



Medical Definition of disordered 

1 : not functioning in a normal orderly healthy way disordered bodily functions

2 : mentally unbalanced a disordered patient a disordered mind

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to reject or criticize sharply

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