dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce disorganized (audio) \

Definition of disorganized

: lacking coherence, system, or central guiding agency : not organized disorganized work habits

Examples of disorganized in a Sentence

The meeting was very disorganized.
Recent Examples on the Web While the human brain does most of its visual processing in a region called the occipital lobe, cephalopod neurology appears to be a bit more disorganized. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 The compact storm has been maddeningly difficult to forecast, as tends to be the case with smaller, disorganized systems. Patricia Mazzei, BostonGlobe.com, "Hurricane Dorian strengthens to Category 1 storm," 28 Aug. 2019 Children younger than 2 may only experience high fever as a sign of kidney infections, and people older than 65 might only present with cognitive issues, like confusion, hallucinations, and disorganized speech. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Kidney Infection Signs and Symptoms You Should Never Ignore," 30 Dec. 2019 Yang, who has dual master’s degrees in business and education, described Crimson as disorganized. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "This Harvard grad has made millions on U.S. college admissions for international students," 9 Dec. 2019 For months, we were called thugs, as though our black skin precluded us from being patriots. We were painted as lawless and disorganized, despite our strategy and discipline. Brittany Packnett, Time, "How Ferguson Woke Us Up," 8 Aug. 2019 All this also helps explain the otherwise mysterious popular appeal of the disorganized, impulsive, shambolic (but nonetheless cut-to-the-chase, get-things-done) personas cultivated by men like Trump and Johnson. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Both individuals’ bone fibers were disorganized and rife with blood vessels, which suggests that the bone was growing rapidly when the animals died. National Geographic, "These sleek predatory dinosaurs really are teenage T. rex," 1 Jan. 2020 Protests have never been easier to organize, and, as a consequence, have never been more unfocused, disorganized, and prone to failure. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Rise of the Permanent Protest," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of disorganized

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Disorganized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorganized. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disorganized

: not arranged or planned in a particular way
: not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way
: not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way


dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce disorganized (audio) \

Kids Definition of disorganized

1 : not having order a disorganized desk
2 : not able to manage or plan things well disorganized students

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