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What does fragmented mean?
Fragmented is an adjective that describes things that have been reduced or divided into fragments—pieces that have been broken off of or detached from the whole.
Fragment most commonly refers to a part that has broken off rather than one that has been separated gently or intentionally, like fragments of a broken vase or a broken bone. Such things can be described as fragmented.
As a verb, fragment can mean to break into pieces or disintegrate, as in The empire fragmented into multiple states after the emperor’s death. Such an empire could be described as fragmented.
Fragmented is perhaps most often applied to abstract or intangible things like this, in which case it usually means disorganized or disunified in some way. For example, a fragmented society is one in which there is an extreme lack of unity among different groups. This sense of the word often implies that the thing described as fragmented is broken or unhealthy in some way.
The related adjective fragmentary means something different: consisting of or reduced to fragments—disconnected or incomplete, as in fragmentary evidence.
Example: My attention becomes fragmented when I’m working on too many projects.
Where does fragmented come from?
The first records of the word fragmented as an adjective come from around the early 1800s. It ultimately comes from the Latin fragmentum, meaning “a broken piece,” from the verb frangere, meaning “to break.” The word fragile also comes from frangere.
When something is fragmented, it’s not entirely whole or organized. When the thing is a physical object, it’s probably broken into pieces. When it’s something intangible, it’s probably disorganized or lacking unity in some way.
The more literal senses of fragmentary and fragmented are similar, but fragmented is perhaps more likely to be used to describe the things that have broken off of something else, as in a fragmented bit of a broken bone or the fragmented pieces of a broken vase. Fragmentary, on the other hand, is more likely to be applied to the thing that was once whole, as opposed to the parts of it, as in fragmentary remains. Still, the words are sometimes used in overlapping ways, with fragmental being used as a less common synonym of fragmentary and fragmentized being used as a less common synonym of fragmented.
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What are some other forms related to fragmented?
- nonfragmented (adjective)
- unfragmented (adjective)
- fragment (verb, noun)
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How is fragmented used in real life?
When fragmented is used to describe things as disorganized or lacking unity, this is usually meant in a negative way.
Truth is fragmenting because society is fragmenting. Every aspect of society is fragmented when top 1% earn 25 x more than the other 99% and statistically African Americans are on their way to zero wealth by 2053. #infoneeds https://t.co/5U32fA0mzL
— Laura Flanders (@GRITlaura) February 26, 2019
"Authentication is fragmented and unwieldy. It requires a mix of hardcopy documents, online login credentials and digital wallets. This is frustrating for consumers and leads to the reuse of passwords and PINS that make the user vulnerable to fraud." https://t.co/VY3G9bBeUl
— Tim Bouma🇨🇦🆔 (@trbouma) October 22, 2020
If you want to increase the importance of something
just think about it more.
If you aren't getting what you want out of life
it is probably because you want too many things.
Your attention is fragmented.
Think more about what you really want
and you will want it more
— Eddy | War on Weakness (@waronweakness) October 25, 2020
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How to use fragmented in a sentence
The company’s CEO, Oliver Kharraz, says the years spent bridging a fragmented health-care system unknowingly prepared it for taking on covid-19 vaccination appointments.Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos|Lindsay Muscato|February 12, 2021|MIT Technology Review
He ran a popular competition in Philadelphia and established a Pro Breaking Tour and a nonprofit membership organization called Urban Dance & Educational Foundation with a vision of drawing together the fragmented breaking world.How break dancing made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage|Rick Maese|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
Delays in vaccinations are partially the result of vaccine supply shortages, and partially the result of fragmented, underfunded healthcare systems lacking in federal support.What if I don’t get my second Covid-19 vaccine dose on time?|Katherine Ellen Foley|January 25, 2021|Quartz
The market for holistic health is fragmented and there was nothing connecting symptoms to a provider’s capability.The founder who decided to to stop fundraising and instead hold onto her equity|Rachel King|January 24, 2021|Fortune
Connecting fragmented habitats can boost biodiversity, research shows.
“These dictators for a long time had many political enemies, but they were fragmented,” Howard said.Is Twitter Trolling Making the Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse?|Emily Shire|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Full-scale civil wars are giving way to fragmented armed groups with decentralized power bases in remote border regions.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants|Christopher Day|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fragmented English, they replied, “The bunker, this no good for rockets,” and pointed at the thin ceiling.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins|Nick Willard|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The actual event underpinning his fragmented memory of being held by his arms and legs and having his pants cut still eludes him.Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too|Tim Teeman|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fittingly, the stage is framed with light structures that remind one of what a fragmented Stargate might look like.The Naked and Famous, New Zealand’s Synthpop Quintet, Is Here to Make You Happy|Melissa Leon|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Also, the dorsolateral stripes in some individuals are fragmented posteriorly.A New Subspecies of Lizard, Cnemidophorus sacki, from Michoacan, Mexico|William E. Duellman
What would have happened then to the other portion of the bullet if it had fragmented?Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
At what point on the skull did the bullet, which fragmented into Commission Exhibit 857, strike?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Those on the right were too fragmented and distorted for satisfactory description.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
They were clean, they had good color to them, there was no grease on them and they were not fragmented.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy