from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Release or detachment from a physical situation or other involvement.
  • n. The separation or release of a chemical.
  • n. Leisure; relief from responsibilities or onerous activities.
  • n. Withdrawal from combat, confrontation, or the assertion of influence.
  • n. Termination of an agreement to be married.
  • n. A circular movement of the blade that blocks an opponent's parry.
  • n. The emergence of the fetus from the birth canal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of disengaging or setting free, or the state of being disengaged.
  • n. Freedom from engrossing occupation; leisure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of disengaging or setting free; a releasing or freeing; extrication.
  • n. The state of being disengaged or free.
  • n. Freedom from engrossing occupation; vacancy; leisure.
  • n. Freedom from constraint; ease; grace.
  • n. A manæuver in fencing. See disengage, transitive verb, 3.

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

  • n. to break off a military action with an enemy
  • n. the act of releasing from an attachment or connection


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Underachievement often leads to unemployment and long-term disengagement, which is a vicious cycle and it is difficult to come out from such an entrapment.

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  • Marx wrote in German “Idiotismus” rather than the usual word for idiocy, which is “Idiotie”, and probably meant it in the original Greek sense of disengagement from the public sphere rather than stupidity.

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  • Such comments from a well-respected Republican member of Congress like Sen. Hagel demonstrate how unpopular the Bush policy – and McCain strategy – of disengagement is among Americans -- even Republican.

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  • The authors of the report appropriately place primary blame for the breakdown in professionalism on former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales, who showed a breathtaking disengagement from the process of disposing of nine presidential appointees.

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  • “The one consensus on which this government was built was disengagement from the West Bank, and it has become irrelevant,” says Lev Grinberg, a political sociologist at Ben-Gurion University, in Beersheba.

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  • “The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,” Weissglas told Haaretz.

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  • ELIBIARY: Well, it's -- in my experience, it has been more of an art than it is a science, because, just like there is no single path to radicalization, I'm personally a bigger fan of using the word disengagement vs. de-radicalization, because radicalization is essentially not violent extremism or terrorism.

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  • I doubt there will be a peace agreement, but Israel will continue with its policy of unilateral disengagement from the West Bank.

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  • And also the notion of stopping, giving up: the notion of disengagement is repugnant.

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  • It is Abdullah who has recently called publicly for democratic reforms, the reining in of the conservative clergy, and military disengagement from the United States.

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