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detached

[dih-tacht] /dɪˈtætʃt/
adjective
1.
not attached; separated:
a detached ticket stub.
2.
having no wall in common with another building (opposed to attached):
a detached house.
3.
impartial or objective; disinterested; unbiased:
a detached judgment.
4.
not involved or concerned; aloof.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; detach + -ed2
Related forms
detachedly
[dih-tach-id-lee, -tacht-lee] /dɪˈtætʃ ɪd li, -ˈtætʃt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
detachedness, noun
undetached, adjective
Synonyms
3. uninvolved, neutral, evenhanded, dispassionate, unprejudiced.
Antonyms
1, 2. attached.

detach

[dih-tach] /dɪˈtætʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
2.
Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.
Origin
1470-80; < Middle French détacher, Old French destachier; see dis-1, attach
Related forms
detachable, adjective
detachability, noun
detachably, adverb
detacher, noun
nondetachability, noun
nondetachable, adjective
predetach, verb (used with object)
self-detaching, adjective
undetachable, adjective
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Examples for detached
  • He is now aloof, detached, and pathetically arrogant.
  • Retinal detachment repair is eye surgery to place a detached retina back into its normal position.
  • Even instructors can feel a little detached sometimes.
  • Long-term unemployment is harder to cure, as people's skills atrophy and they become detached from the workforce.
  • The two craft went into lunar orbit, and the module detached for landing on the moon.
  • Mike became increasingly angry, paranoid and detached.
  • Stylish looks will make it difficult to maintain your affectation of detached ennui.
  • People with old spinal cord injuries have torn and detached tissues that have been encapsulated by scar tissue.
  • Cylindrical, easily detached joints are covered with vicious silvery yellow spines.
  • Components can be removed and detached from other components.
British Dictionary definitions for detached

detached

/dɪˈtætʃt/
adjective
1.
disconnected or standing apart; not attached a detached house
2.
having or showing no bias or emotional involvement; disinterested
3.
(social welfare) working at the clients' normal location rather than from an office; not dependent on premises for providing a service a detached youth worker Compare outreach (sense 7)
4.
(ophthalmol) (of the retina) separated from the choroid layer of the eyeball to which it is normally attached, resulting in loss of vision in the affected part

detach

/dɪˈtætʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
2.
(military) to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment
Derived Forms
detachable, adjective
detachability, noun
detacher, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French destachier, from des-dis-1 + attachier to attach
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Word Origin and History for detached

detach

v.

1680s, from French détacher "to detach, untie," from Old French destachier, from des- "apart" + attachier "attach" (see attach). Related: Detached; detaching.

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detached in Medicine

detach de·tach (dĭ-tāch')
v. de·tached, de·tach·ing, de·tach·es

  1. To separate or unfasten; disconnect.

  2. To remove from association or union with something.

detached adj.

  1. Separated; disconnected.

  2. Standing apart from others; separate.

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