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[dis-en-geyj-muh nt] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənt/
the act or process of disengaging or the state of being disengaged.
freedom from obligation or occupation; leisure.
Obstetrics. (during childbirth) the emergence of the head or the presenting part of the fetus from the vulva.
Origin of disengagement
1640-50; disengage + -ment Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disengagement
  • Peace is not an abstract of human rights, disengagement and anti-poverty work, carried out by figureheads or saints.
  • The argument for disengagement from these areas as much as possible is simple.
  • However, to blame misguided foreign interference for continued conflict and thus argue for disengagement misses the point.
  • Yet the extreme alternative--disengagement--is not an option.
  • The act of dividing anything by zero is not a division of value, it is a disengagement from that which is being interacted with.
  • It carries along with it the perfect disengagement of the heart from the world, in which the essence of true devotion consists.
  • But plans for brisk disengagement ignored messy realities on the ground.
  • It's his shift from the kind of reason-giving that signals commitment to the kind that signals disengagement.
  • Which would be partly correct, and partly missing the point, since it certainly breaks down the status quo of disengagement.
  • Listeners know the melody by heart, again producing disengagement.
British Dictionary definitions for disengagement


the act or process of disengaging or the state of being disengaged
leisure; ease
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Word Origin and History for disengagement

1640s; see disengage + -ment.

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disengagement in Medicine

disengagement dis·en·gage·ment (dĭs'ěn-gāj'mənt)
The emergence of the presenting part of the fetus from the vaginal canal during childbirth.

dis'en·gage' v.
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