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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The impact the former has on self-esteem can affect everything from disordered eating to personal ambition. Kate Harding, Teen Vogue, "How Far Have We Really Come for Fat Acceptance?," 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, "She learned to love eating -- and herself -- despite a lifetime of fat shaming," 22 Feb. 2020 Stress may also create or exacerbate disordered eating — which can lead to irregular or absent periods. New York Times, "Does Stress Actually Affect Fertility?," 17 Apr. 2020 The 45-year-old has spoken publicly about her history with trauma, disordered eating, and therapy. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "Alanis Morissette is Breastfeeding on Our May Cover—and It's a Tribute to Moms Everywhere," 7 Apr. 2020 My experiences of disordered eating were, relatively speaking, brief and mild. Zan Romanoff, Bon Appétit, "How Writing a Y.A. Novel Made Me Confront My Own Body Issues," 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, "Ideal Glass Would Explain Why Glass Exists at All," 11 Mar. 2020 The campaign in Nevada is as disordered as anything else in the Democratic race, according to people closely watching the contest there. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Centrist Democrats Want to Stop Sanders. They’re Not Sure Who Can.," 12 Feb. 2020 Until now, the government had been sending mixed messages, which had led to disordered behavior. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Anguish and Solidarity of Paris Under Lockdown," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of disordered

1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Jun 2020

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“Disordered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disordered. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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