de·​tached di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio)
: standing by itself : separate, unconnected
especially : not sharing any wall with another building
a house with a detached garage
: exhibiting an aloof objectivity usually free from prejudice or self-interest
a detached observer
di-ˈta-chəd-lē How to pronounce detached (audio)
di-ˈta-chəd-nəs How to pronounce detached (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History


see detach

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of detached was circa 1706

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“Detached.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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de·​tached di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio)
: not joined or connected : separate
a detached house
: aloof entry 2, unconcerned, impartial
a detached attitude
-ˈtach-əd-lē How to pronounce detached (audio)
-ˈtach-əd-nəs How to pronounce detached (audio)

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