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adjective de·tached \di-ˈtacht, dē-\

: not emotional : not influenced by emotions or personal interest

: not joined or connected : separate from another part or thing

Full Definition of DETACHED

:  standing by itself :  separate, unconnected; especially :  not sharing any wall with another building <a detached house>
:  exhibiting an aloof objectivity usually free from prejudice or self-interest <a detached observer>
de·tached·ly \-ˈta-chəd-lē, -ˈtacht-lē\ adverb
de·tached·ness \-ˈta-chəd-nəs, -ˈtacht-nəs\ noun

Examples of DETACHED

  1. The house has a detached garage.
  2. <a detached observer at company parties, taking it all in and saying very little>

First Known Use of DETACHED

circa 1706

Synonym Discussion of DETACHED

indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, disinterested mean not showing or feeling interest. indifferent implies neutrality of attitude from lack of inclination, preference, or prejudice <indifferent to the dictates of fashion>. unconcerned suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles <unconcerned about the homeless>. incurious implies an inability to take a normal interest due to dullness of mind or to self-centeredness <incurious about the world>. aloof suggests a cool reserve arising from a sense of superiority or disdain for inferiors or from shyness <aloof from his coworkers>. detached implies an objective attitude achieved through absence of prejudice or selfishness <observed family gatherings with detached amusement>. disinterested implies a circumstantial freedom from concern for personal or especially financial advantage that enables one to judge or advise without bias <judged by a panel of disinterested observers>.

Rhymes with DETACHED

DETACHEDLY Defined for Kids


adjective de·tached \di-ˈtacht\

Definition of DETACHED for Kids

:  not joined or connected :  separate <a detached garage>
:  not taking sides or being influenced by others <They wanted the opinion of a detached judge.>


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