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  • adj. Not detached.


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un- +‎ detached


  • His collars were "undetached" (blame haberdashery for the word); his tie was a narrow, funereal strip, tied in the same knot as were his shoe-strings.


  • As far as our usage dispositions go, ˜rabbit™ could mean undetached rabbit part, ˜vat™ could mean vat image, and ˜plus™ could mean quus.

    The Problem of the Many

  • More generally, van Inwagen denies the existence of what he calls “arbitrary undetached parts”:

    Material Constitution

  • The Florida counties that had the massive undetached chad problems of all stripes (pregnant, hanging, swinging, etc.), were also counties that had neglected maintenance, and had rarely or never cleaned out the chad receptacle under the platform.

    Sound Politics: Rush Holt should have spoken up two years ago

  • Upon further reflection (trust me on this), you could never winnow away the possibilites and arrive at the meaning of "gavagai" ... that is, never unless you are making some assumptions about what the tribesman could mean (that is, if you assume definitions involving undetached rabbit parts are too unlikely to even consider).

    Why languages can't be learned

  • Of course, there are even more exotic possibilities: "Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage" or "Lo, undetached rabbit parts."

    Why languages can't be learned

  • After all, a tail-complement seemed like a dubious object from the beginning, and if there is no such thing as Tib, we don't have to explain what relationship holds between Tib and Tibbles (we may grandly deny that cats have ˜arbitrary undetached parts™).

    Temporal Parts

  • But the tendency to rapid sinking in this substance was in the present instance materially counteracted by the other parts of the head remaining undetached from it, so that it sank very slowly and deliberately indeed, affording Queequeg a fair chance for performing his agile obstetrics on the run, as you may say.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Of aquatic red-blooded animals, fishes possess the organ of taste, namely the tongue, but it is in an imperfect and amorphous form, in other words it is osseous and undetached.

    The History of Animals

  • The Soul (thus circumstanced), undetached from its good and evil acts, returns repeatedly unto the objects of the world, in consequence of sin one's thirst is never slaked.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12


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