[ dis-join-tid ]
/ dɪsˈdʒɔɪn tɪd /


having the joints or connections separated: a disjointed fowl.
disconnected; incoherent: a disjointed discourse.
Entomology. disjunct(def 3).

Origin of disjointed

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

Definition for disjointed (2 of 2)


[ dis-joint ]
/ dɪsˈdʒɔɪnt /

verb (used with object)

to separate or disconnect the joints or joinings of.
to put out of order; derange.

verb (used without object)

to come apart.
to be dislocated; be out of joint.


  1. (of two sets) having no common elements.
  2. (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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British Dictionary definitions for disjointed (1 of 2)


/ (dɪsˈdʒɔɪntɪd) /


having no coherence; disconnected
separated at the joint
Derived Formsdisjointedly, adverbdisjointedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for disjointed (2 of 2)


/ (dɪsˈdʒɔɪnt) /


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



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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Medicine definitions for disjointed


[ dĭs-joint ]


To put out of joint; dislocate.
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