- having the joints or connections separated: a disjointed fowl.
- disconnected; incoherent: a disjointed discourse.
- Entomology. disjunct(def 3).
Origin of disjointed
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2. rambling, confused, chaotic, disordered.
- to separate or disconnect the joints or joinings of.
- to put out of order; derange.
- to come apart.
- to be dislocated; be out of joint.
- (of two sets) having no common elements.
- (of a system of sets) having the property that every pair of sets is disjoint.
- Obsolete. disjointed; out of joint.
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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It affects about 10 percent of patients, though the writing is often disjointed and difficult to read.The Seizure Medication That Turns You Into a Poet
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He was tired; his brain ached with thought, and his thought was disjointed.Murder Point
In his disjointed speeches, I could see how exactly the same it all remained.Romance
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The skin is then taken off to the knees, when the legs are disjointed, and also off the head.Cattle and Their Diseases
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.Three People
- having no coherence; disconnected
- separated at the joint
- to take apart or come apart at the joints
- (tr) to disunite or disjoin
- to dislocate or become dislocated
- (tr; usually passive) to end the unity, sequence, or coherence of
- maths (of two sets) having no members in common
- obsolete disjointed
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Word Origin and History for disjointed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To put out of joint; dislocate.
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