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 Thus did the conservative loose cannonballs come eventually to dominate the GOP—and define our disordered political era. Daniel Schlozman & Sam Rosenfeld / Made By History, TIME, 10 June 2024 It is associated with hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 By that October, the DRX Consortium, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, had announced plans for incorporating DRX, short for disordered rock salt, into lithium-ion batteries. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Sep. 2021 Rather than having a set structure, intrinsically disordered proteins seem to have entire sections that can flap around in the breeze of Brownian motion and, yet, were critical to the protein's structure. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Sep. 2023 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

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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 24 Jun. 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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