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

Example Sentences

The project was in a disordered state. The file was completely disordered.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The impact the former has on self-esteem can affect everything from disordered eating to personal ambition. Kate Harding, Teen Vogue, 26 Aug. 2019 In the United States, at least 30 million people suffer from disordered eating, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Feb. 2020 Stress may also create or exacerbate disordered eating — which can lead to irregular or absent periods. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 The 45-year-old has spoken publicly about her history with trauma, disordered eating, and therapy. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, 7 Apr. 2020 My experiences of disordered eating were, relatively speaking, brief and mild. Zan Romanoff, Bon Appétit, 1 Apr. 2020 Crystallization is a dramatic switch from the liquid phase, in which molecules are disordered and free flowing, to the crystal phase, in which molecules are locked in a regular, repeating pattern. Quanta Magazine, 11 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of disordered was in 1505

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Cite this Entry

“Disordered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disordered. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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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