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

  • adj. Not connected; separate or detached.
  • adj. Marked by unrelated parts; incoherent: described the accident in a disconnected way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of disconnect.
  • adj. That is no longer connected.
  • adj. Feeling a lack of empathy or association with something.
  • adj. That can be partitioned into two nonempty subsets which are both open and closed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds.
  • adj. not switched on or not connected to a power source; -- of electrical equipment.
  • adj. noncontinuous; not continuing in time or space. Opposite of continuous.
  • adj. unconnected, detached. Opposite of connected.
  • adj. lacking orderly continuity; illogical or seemingly irrational.

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

  • adj. marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
  • adj. having been divided; having the unity destroyed
  • adj. lacking orderly continuity
  • adj. not plugged in or connected to a power source
  • adj. (music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply


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  • Young adults hold immense potential as they transition from adolescence and dependence to adulthood and self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, young African Americans also struggle under the lack of economic opportunities. Disconnected youth are teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who lack a connection to either the education system or labor force. The rate of disconnected youth is highest among African-American youth at 21.6 percent. In nine metro areas, at least 25 percent of Black youth are disconnected from school and work. Disconnected youth not only face their own economic difficulties, but also pose an economic cost to taxpayers, with one estimate as high as $1.56 trillion for the lifetime of disconnected youth. It is worth noting that it is cheaper to prevent disconnection in the first place through quality preschool and K-12 education.

    Congressional Black Caucus, We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families bin the 21st Century (March 2017), pp. 42-43

    March 25, 2017