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[dih-tach-muh nt] /dɪˈtætʃ mənt/
the act of detaching.
the condition of being detached.
aloofness, as from worldly affairs or from the concerns of others.
freedom from prejudice or partiality.
the act of sending out a detached force of troops or naval ships.
the body of troops or ships so detached.
Origin of detachment
1660-70; < French détachement. See detach, -ment
Related forms
nondetachment, noun
predetachment, noun
3. coolness, indifference, unconcern. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for detachment
  • Retinal detachment repair is eye surgery to place a detached retina back into its normal position.
  • The statement is childishly idealistic and lacks the proper level of critical detachment needed in a serious scholar.
  • Yet he is taunted by the suspicion that his detachment is inhuman.
  • Pop culture is full of characters who approach ghosts with scientific detachment instead of terror.
  • Retinal detachment usually begins with a tear or break in the retina.
  • It took him years to abandon the detachment of simple lines and captured movement.
  • There are also a number of participants who lack professional experience and detachment.
  • Two colonels, both barefoot, also form part of the detachment.
  • The modern setting keeps the audience from detachment.
  • Although there is supporting evidence for lithospheric detachment form geophysical data, the process remains unproven.
British Dictionary definitions for detachment


indifference to other people or to one's surroundings; aloofness
freedom from self-interest or bias; disinterest
the act of disengaging or separating something
the condition of being disengaged or separated; disconnection
  1. the separation of a small unit from its main body, esp of ships or troops
  2. the unit so detached
(Canadian) a branch office of a police force
(logic) the rule whereby the consequent of a true conditional statement, given the truth of its antecedent, may be asserted on its own See also modus ponens
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Word Origin and History for detachment

1660s, "action of detaching," from French détachement (17c.), from détacher (see detach). Meaning "portion of a military force" is from 1670s; that of "aloofness from objects or circumstances" is from 1798.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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detachment in Medicine

detachment de·tach·ment (dĭ-tāch'mənt)

  1. The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.

  2. The state of being separate or detached.

  3. Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness.

  4. Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest.

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