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  • adverb In an unconnected way.


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  • Books of science, and of a grave sort, must be read with continuity; but there are very many, and even very useful ones, which may be read with advantage by snatches, and unconnectedly; such are all the good Latin poets, except Virgil in his “AEneid”: and such are most of the modern poets, in which you will find many pieces worth reading, that will not take up above seven or eight minutes.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman 2005

  • She now perceived, what the fervor of her fears had not permitted her to observe before, that the words, unconnectedly as she heard them, imported little, and that her imagination had filled up the void in the sentences, so as to suggest the evil apprehended.

    The Romance of the Forest 2004

  • But if not only their proper names of men and places, but many of their phrases and a majority of their words, be simply and unconnectedly considered, they will be found to abound with vowels and to produce sounds sometimes mellifluous and sometimes sonorous.

    The Settlement at Port Jackson 2003

  • In splinters of thought, unconnectedly, I began to look back over the past three weeks.

    Longshot Francis, Dick 1990

  • In splinters of thought, unconnectedly, I began to look back over the past three weeks.

    Longshot Francis, Dick 1990

  • "I gave a speech once," he said suddenly, and apparently unconnectedly.

    Life, the Universe, and Everything Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001 1982

  • That I must have told something of my history -- heaven knows how incoherently and unconnectedly -- is plain enough, for I could hear them repeating one to the other -- "Had served with Moreau's corps in the Black Forest;" "A hussar of the Ninth;" "One of Humbert's fellows;" and so on.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various

  • Sufferers from protracted and apparently hopeless disorders profit little by scientific information as to the nature of their complaints, yet they listen with profound interest to the experience of fellow-sufferers, even when this experience is unprofessionally and unconnectedly told.

    The Opium Habit Horace B. Day

  • Its distinction is to popularise such detached ideas as society is in a condition to assimilate; to interest men in these ideas by dressing them up in varied forms of the literary art; to guide men through them by judging, empirically and unconnectedly, each case of conduct, of policy, or of new opinion as it arises.

    Diderot and the Encyclopaedists Morley, John, 1838-1923 1905

  • Her ideas are all disjointed, and a number of wild whims float on her imagination, and fall from her unconnectedly something like strange dreams, when judgment sleeps, and fancy sports at a fine rate.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell 1895


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