detached

adjective
de·​tached | \ di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio) , dē-\

Definition of detached

1 : standing by itself : separate, unconnected especially : not sharing any wall with another building a house with a detached garage
2 : exhibiting an aloof objectivity usually free from prejudice or self-interest a detached observer

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Other Words from detached

detachedly \ di-​ˈta-​chəd-​lē How to pronounce detachedly (audio) , dē-​ , -​ˈtacht-​lē \ adverb
detachedness \ di-​ˈta-​chəd-​nəs How to pronounce detachedness (audio) , -​ˈtacht-​nəs , dē-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of detached in a Sentence

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

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In an effort to concentrate even further, Pearson recently renovated her detached guesthouse to create a dedicated studio space. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "Victoria Pearson Doesn't Use Color In Her Home For A Fascinating Reason," 9 Jan. 2019 The roughly one-acre grounds are completed by a detached guesthouse, which adds an additional bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Jack Flemming, sacbee, "Former 49ers QB Jeff Garcia puts his Rancho Santa Fe home on market for $6.499 million," 6 June 2018 Psychosis is a mental state in which someone becomes detached from reality and experiences delusions (incorrect beliefs), hallucinations (seeing and hearing things that don’t exist), or both. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Facts About the Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis," 7 Dec. 2018 Behave politely toward her, but remain detached from her shenanigans. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Partner’s sister insists on family exclusion," 15 Apr. 2018 Vice President Mike Pence, who is in South Korea for the opening of the Olympics, likewise sounded relatively detached from the spending debate involving his former colleagues in Congress back home. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Amid Turmoil From Washington to Wall Street, a Surprisingly Passive President," 9 Feb. 2018 The detached homes range from 1,507 to 2,462 square feet and include two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages. Shea Homes, The Seattle Times, "Visitors can tour new models, quick-move-in homes," 29 Mar. 2019 The architects at Studio Velocity designed the building with ten detached units that straddle the line between apartment and house. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These Japanese homes were designed to encourage neighbor interaction," 15 Nov. 2018 Hedges and walls on the corner lot obscure street views of the two detached units, built in 1925. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Faye Dunaway’s former duplex changes hands again in WeHo," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of detached

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detached

see detach

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The first known use of detached was circa 1706

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detached

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of detached

: not emotional : not influenced by emotions or personal interest
: not joined or connected : separate from another part or thing

detached

adjective
de·​tached | \ di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio) \

Kids Definition of detached

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

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