American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.
- n. The state of being separate or detached.
- n. Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness: preserved a chilly detachment in his relations with the family.
- n. Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest: strove to maintain her professional detachment in the case.
- n. The dispatch of a military unit, such as troops or ships, from a larger body for a special duty or mission.
- n. The unit so dispatched.
- n. A permanent unit, usually smaller than a platoon, organized for special duties.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of detaching, unfastening, or disconnecting.
- n. The state of being detached or apart; in recent use, a state of separation or withdrawal from association or relation with something.
- n. That which is detached; specifically, a body of troops selected or taken from the main army or body, and employed on some special service or expedition, or a number of ships taken from a fleet and sent on a separate service.
- n. An order detaching an officer from duty at a given station.
- n. uncountable The action of detaching; separation.
- n. uncountable The state of being detached or disconnected; insulation.
- n. uncountable Indifference to the concerns of others; aloofness.
- n. uncountable Absence of bias; impartiality; objectivity.
- n. uncountable, military The separation of a military unit from the main body for particular purpose or a special mission.
- n. countable, military The unit so dispatched.
- n. countable, military A permanent unit organized for special duties.
- n. countable Any smaller portion of a main body separately employed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached.
- n. That which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service.
- n. Abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation.
- n. avoiding emotional involvement
- n. the state of being isolated or detached
- n. a small unit of troops of special composition
- n. the act of releasing from an attachment or connection
- n. coming apart
- From French détachement (Wiktionary)
“But there should be a certain detachment from the writer's own passions.”
“They're not criticizing him for attending the G-20 summit in France last week nor the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings - his predecessors attended the same gatherings - but they criticized what they called detachment from budget negotiations.”
“Traditional models define successful mourning in terms of detachment from the loved one who has died; the ability to cut the strings of grief, and to step into the roles of mothers and fathers vacated by the dead.”
“Also, speaking as an adopted kid who knows many others, there is a common feeling of detachment from the people you love, and feelings of missing part of your identity.”
“The detachment is in the mountains far away from the civilised world.”
“This detachment is not bad, but it should have the advantage of having as Camp”
“I can't expect everyone to arrive at this same philosophical destination that I did on Monday, especially when they are not even on the same path; yet my "kill" experience on Monday really taught me a lot about our society and it's detachment from the "sobering realities", to say nothing of what it taught me about anti-hunters.”
“Of course, IAAL, so maybe such detachment is in myÂgenes.”
“Pew found a growing detachment from the two major political parties, no ideological shift toward President Obama and the Democrats now in charge, less concern about social issues than in previous polls, and a rising wariness about the size and cost of government.”
“Our rear detachment is doing everything they can to support the families during this difficult time while we continue to search with our Afghan and coalition partners.”
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