from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not connected; separate or detached.
  • adjective Marked by unrelated parts; incoherent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
  • adjective having been divided; having the unity destroyed
  • adjective lacking orderly continuity
  • adjective not plugged in or connected to a power source
  • adjective (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