- 1A state of confusion: tiresome days of mess and disorderMore example sentences
- In fact, from the moment her family jumped in the car to go on their yearly camping trip, her life was full of chaos, disorder and confusion.
- Looking at the current list, with almost every line scribbled out and switched around, there remains considerable disorder and confusion among the students.
- Judging by Andy's experience, the Greek courts are a forum for disorder and confusion.
- 1.1The disruption of peaceful and law-abiding behavior: recurrent food crises led to periodic outbreaks of disorderMore example sentences
- The White Paper anticipated that it would be used as the most usual charge in relation to serious outbreaks of public disorder.
- He said Gardaí were stretched from their commitments in policing the EU presidency, combating public disorder and fighting terrorism.
- The operation has led to four arrests for public disorder, breach of an anti-social behaviour order and of a defendant who missed court.
- 1.2 Medicine A disruption of normal physical or mental functions; a disease or abnormal condition: eating disorders an improved understanding of mental disorderMore example sentences
- What is achieved by concluding that schizophrenia and other functional mental illnesses are disorders of the brain?
- My Dad always thought I had some sort of disorder where my eyes confused themselves or something.
- Any sportsman who experienced warning symptoms such as fainting during training or with a family history of sudden death should be screened an tested for signs of cardiac disorder.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective disordered) Back to top
- 1Disrupt the systematic functioning or neat arrangement of: she went to comb her disordered hair his sleep is disorderedMore example sentences
- Her hair was disordered but she wouldn't care this day, nor had she cared any other day.
- Her hair was tangled and disordered, forming wispy curls towards the front.
- The Forum helped blacks clean up their increasingly disordered neighborhoods and point their children toward success.
- 1.1 Medicine Disrupt the healthy or normal functioning of: a patient who is mentally disorderedMore example sentences
- The present policy dividing inpatient care of mentally disordered prisoners between the prison service and the NHS needs reconsideration.
- The dentition is normally disordered in three separate ways and I'll give them each a D word so you can remember it.
- We have seen it with antidepressants in adults and methylphenidate in behaviourally disordered children.
late 15th century (as a verb in the sense 'upset the order of'): alteration, influenced by order, of earlier disordain, from Old French desordener, ultimately based on Latin ordinare 'ordain'.