dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \-ˌnīzd \

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.

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And the Trump White House, while disorganized in other areas, made its relationship with the religious right a priority. Washington Post, "Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal," 30 June 2018 Hundreds of concertgoers suffered through a disorganized mess filled with soggy tents and cheese sandwiches in foam containers; Blink-182, which was to headline the festival, never performed. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Fyre Festival Organizer Sold Fake Tickets While Out on Bail, U.S. Says," 12 June 2018 The after-action report describes an initially chaotic and disorganized relief effort on the island that was plagued with logistical problems and stretched into the longest feeding mission in the agency’s history. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 Tropical systems that pass directly over the island typically become more disorganized and weaker as the storms interact with large mountains situated on the eastern portion of the island. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria, lashing Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain, is headed for China’s east coast," 10 July 2018 The disorganized remnants of former Tropical Storm Beryl were closing in on the chain of islands that form the outer perimeter of the Caribbean, where it was expected to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Monday. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Beryl's remnants to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands," 8 July 2018 Reports suggest a harried and disorganized process to locate and perform background checks on parents, and to transport children for reunification. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Impactful Ways to Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border," 13 July 2018 If a child is young enough, brain development is damaged and their brains can be smaller and more disorganized, the experts said. NBC News, "Border separations show why the US doesn't have orphanages any more," 20 June 2018 Having faced little resistance in the first five years of the campaign, their response to conservatives’ claims was flustered and disorganized. Kelsy Kretschmer, Washington Post, "Illinois ratified the ERA — 36 years late. Here’s what you need to know.," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of disorganized

1801, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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