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  1. marked by symptoms of mental illness: a disturbed personality.
  2. agitated or distressed; disrupted: disturbed seas; a disturbed situation.
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  1. (used with a plural verb) persons who exhibit symptoms of neurosis or psychosis (usually preceded by the).
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Origin of disturbed

First recorded in 1585–95; disturb + -ed2
Related formsun·dis·turbed, adjective
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Related Words

uninterrupted, unruffled, peaceful, unmoved, intact, undamaged, serene, untouched, tranquil, even, placid, quiet, settled, smooth, untroubled, secure, calm

Examples from the Web for undisturbed

Historical Examples

  • The only assurance that it should be undisturbed is, that it remains unknown.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force

    Sir Winston S. Churchill

  • As game was thereabout abundant and undisturbed everybody was happy.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • "I congratulate you on your success in evading it," observed Brentwick, undisturbed.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Your aunt and I have lived in undisturbed harmony these fifteen years.

  • Health is nothing but life in its normal, undisturbed action.

British Dictionary definitions for undisturbed


  1. not disturbed; uninterruptedlots of undisturbed sleep
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  1. psychiatry emotionally upset, troubled, or maladjusted
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Word Origin and History for undisturbed


c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of disturb.

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past participle adjective from disturb. Meaning "emotionally or mentally unstable" is from 1904.

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