disordered

adjective

dis·​or·​dered (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dərd How to pronounce disordered (audio)
(ˌ)diz-
1
obsolete
a
: morally reprehensible
b
: unruly
2
a
: marked by disorder
a disordered room
b
: not functioning in a normal orderly healthy way
a disordered mind
disorderedly adverb
disorderedness noun

Examples of disordered in a Sentence

The project was in a disordered state. The file was completely disordered.
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers then made mutations in one of the intrinsically disordered regions and determined the rate of the chemical reaction. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Sep. 2023 The concept of entropy describes a system’s tendency to move from order toward disorder, because there are so many more ways for a disordered state to exist than an ordered state. Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2023 The inclusion of milder or very early cases of psychiatric disorders may lead to an increase in the number of non-disordered (false-positive) patients in clinical trials, and to an increase in the placebo effect, as less severe cases are more likely to respond to placebo. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2012 Eating disorders are not unique to Black women, but the causes, disordered behaviors and neglect surrounding treatment are. Shanetta McDonald, refinery29.com, 27 Feb. 2023 Researchers reviewed and analyzed 32 studies from 16 countries and found that 22% of children and adolescents showed disordered eating behaviors. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 20 Feb. 2023 These dialogues were a method for crafting the disordered and distressing fading of memory into a structured and healthy forgetting. Piers Vitebsky, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2022 The disordered purpose of work has far-reaching consequences. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 This was the disordered and unruly world Lincoln experienced. Gordon S. Wood, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Cite this Entry

“Disordered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disordered. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

disordered

adjective
dis·​or·​dered
1
: marked by disorder
2
: not functioning in a normal orderly healthy way

Medical Definition

disordered

adjective
dis·​or·​dered
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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