Definition of disorganization in US English:


(British disorganisation)


  • 1Lack of proper planning and control.

    ‘social disorganization is destroying the well-being of the population’
    ‘the evacuation was dogged by chaos and disorganization’
    • ‘Likewise, the disorganization of relief operations is a waste of precious resources.’
    • ‘The magazine's cover showed a chaotic chart reflecting the almost total disorganization of the various agencies that were supposed to respond to a terrorist attack.’
    • ‘Maybe, working together, they could overcome the disorganisation, the difficulties, and fix this hospital.’
    • ‘I am particularly concerned about this, considering the present disorganisation in the Grand Council.’
    • ‘The play on the field reflected the disorganization and unclear power distribution between the coaching staff and owner.’
    • ‘One would have thought that a rise in fascism would come from someone else exploiting the disorganisation of our old enemies.’
    • ‘The first round of voting included widespread disorganization, violence, intimidation, and fraud.’
    • ‘He relied on military power, the element of surprise, and the disorganisation of the Imperial Court.’
    • ‘In thickly settled nations, with few dormant resources, a long war usually produces industrial disorganization and financial exhaustion.’
    • ‘For a time his treachery caused such disorganization in the army that the city fell into the hands of the Czechs and Whites.’
    1. 1.1 Inability to plan one's activities or affairs efficiently.
      ‘if you frequently lose your keys you may be suffering from chronic disorganization’
      • ‘But in retrospect that was because my uncle and cousin epitomise disorganisation and, much as I love them, laziness.’
      • ‘It was her own admitted disorganization, which eventually affected her ability to function effectively, that inspired the book.’
      • ‘My decision (based on his irresponsibility and general disorganization) has been delayed because of the holidays.’
      • ‘But Jim's personal disorganisation is legendary and he carries his chaos around with him.’
      • ‘He was brought to the emergency department by his girlfriend for his increasing disorganization, memory deficits, and multisensory hallucinations.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, her son's backpack was only one sign of his complete disorganization.’
      • ‘The mother's profile suggested cognitive and behavioral disorganization and attitudes of helplessness and hopelessness.’
      • ‘Yet beneath his seeming penchant for disorganization was a determination to see that the important goals were achieved.’
      • ‘I need the capability because text files combat my disorganisation.’
      • ‘He has been on report on several occasions due, not to behaviour, but to his general disorganisation.’