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disjointed

[dis-join-tid]
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adjective
  1. having the joints or connections separated: a disjointed fowl.
  2. disconnected; incoherent: a disjointed discourse.
  3. Entomology. disjunct(def 3).
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Origin of disjointed

First recorded in 1580–90; disjoint + -ed2
Related formsdis·joint·ed·ly, adverbdis·joint·ed·ness, nounun·dis·joint·ed, adjective

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2. rambling, confused, chaotic, disordered.

disjoint

[dis-joint]
verb (used with object)
  1. to separate or disconnect the joints or joinings of.
  2. to put out of order; derange.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to come apart.
  2. to be dislocated; be out of joint.
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adjective
  1. Mathematics.
    1. (of two sets) having no common elements.
    2. (of a system of sets) having the property that every pair of sets is disjoint.
  2. Obsolete. disjointed; out of joint.
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Origin of disjoint

1400–50; late Middle English disjointen to destroy < Anglo-French, Old French desjoint, past participle of desjoindre to disjoin
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Examples from the Web for disjointed

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  • He was tired; his brain ached with thought, and his thought was disjointed.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • In his disjointed speeches, I could see how exactly the same it all remained.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The skin is then taken off to the knees, when the legs are disjointed, and also off the head.

  • Cleveland exclaimed in disjointed sentences as he also stared into the plate.

    Triplanetary

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The voice that uttered these disjointed sentences was only too well known to Theodore.


British Dictionary definitions for disjointed

disjointed

adjective
  1. having no coherence; disconnected
  2. separated at the joint
  3. dislocated
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Derived Formsdisjointedly, adverbdisjointedness, noun

disjoint

verb
  1. to take apart or come apart at the joints
  2. (tr) to disunite or disjoin
  3. to dislocate or become dislocated
  4. (tr; usually passive) to end the unity, sequence, or coherence of
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adjective
  1. maths (of two sets) having no members in common
  2. obsolete disjointed
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Word Origin and History for disjointed

adj.

1640s, past participle adjective from disjoint (mid-15c.), from Old French desjoindre, from Latin disjungere, from dis- (see dis-) + jungere (see jugular).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

disjointed in Medicine

disjoint

(dĭs-joint)
v.
  1. To put out of joint; dislocate.
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