Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by separation.
  • adj. Music Relating to progression by intervals larger than major seconds.
  • adj. Zoology Having deep constrictions separating the head, thorax, and abdomen, as in insects.
  • n. Logic A term in a disjunction.
  • n. An adverbial phrase that modifies a sentence in order to suggest the speaker's commentary on the content of the sentence, as with sadly in Sadly, we have no more dessert left.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of multiple propositions, any of which, if true, confirm the validity of another proposition (a disjunction)
  • n. Any sentence element that is not fully integrated into the clausal structure of the sentence.
  • n. An adverbial that expresses the speaker's or writer's attitude towards, or descriptive statement of, the propositional content of the associated clause or sentence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disjoined; separated.
  • adj. Having the head, thorax, and abdomen separated by a deep constriction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disconnected; separated; distinct. Specifically
  • In entomology, having the head, thorax, and abdomen separated by a deep incision.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements
  • adj. used of distributions, as of statistical or natural populations
  • adj. progressing melodically by intervals larger than a major second
  • adj. having deep constrictions separating head, thorax, and abdomen, as in insects

Etymologies

Middle English disjuncte, from Latin disiūnctus, past participle of disiungere, to disjoin; see disjoin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
dis- + Latin junctus, "joined". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The cause of the disjunct is the difference between what you think is the female role, and what the female role actually is in today’s society.

    Link Farm and Open Thread #16

  • This, Dr Ng said, shows a "disjunct" in the theory that "good government stifles".

    TODAYonline

  • Four of those systems are disjunct, meaning they really have no business in the region.

    NYT > Travel

  • If tenses are disjunct, there should be a very good reason.

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  • "It's not Sci-Fi; it's science fiction," was a common mutterance — which I gradually realised was an attempt to articulate the disjunct between the brand image born of all the factors outlined above and the reality of a field of quite serious intent.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Several recent studies by the nonprofit Ithaka S+R have highlighted the disjunct between how professors view the library and how the library views itself: library directors see the library as serving primarily a teaching function; professors see it above all as a purchasing agent.

    Study: College students rarely use librarians' expertise

  • Interesting poll: do disjunct-motion rules trump spacing rules?

    Star Search

  • Second, from today's Times, in which Richard Morrison writes with insight and truth on one of his regular themes, the disjunct in society on either side of the class divide.

    Politics

  • And the action, as designed by Mr. Naranjo and his cinematographer, Mátyás Erdély, has a disjunct quality that borders on the surreal.

    Soderbergh Goes 'Haywire' With a Fast, Stylish Thriller

  • There is a small disjunct population in eastern Nicaragua.

    Mystery bird: Ladder-backed woodpecker, Picoides scalaris | @GrrlScientist

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