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
Recent Examples on the Web The detached structural steel treehouse is connected to the main house via another bridge-like walkway. Dallas News, "Treehouse’ on Preston Hollow cul-de-sac offered," 7 June 2020 But there was no access to the courtyard, and so no one was sitting on the bench that juts out into the pond, a popular spot that is so detached from the ordinary world, so lost in its own perfect little vision of water and sky, that two’s a crowd. Washington Post, "Glenstone opened as a connoisseur’s delight. It’s reopening as an oasis for...," 5 June 2020 In 1983, Margaret Thatcher had an eye operation for a detached retina at a private clinic in Windsor. Mark Landler, New York Times, "With Boris Johnson in Intensive Care, U.K. Faces a Leadership Quandary," 7 Apr. 2020 The doctor told her that detached retina could only have happened from the fall. Adam Ferrise,, "Woman left blind after fall at Cuyahoga County Jail, poor medical treatment, lawsuit says," 13 June 2019 Grounds of the estate include a pool, a detached guest home and a full outdoor kitchen. Ebony Day, azcentral, "14,396-square-foot Paradise Valley mansion with a man cave, guest house sells for $9.5M," 27 Apr. 2020 Single-family detached homes are more common in the US, although the exact carbon footprint implications of this aren't well quantified. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why," 22 Apr. 2020 Cities across the continent are filled with people sweating on bicycles delivering food, or in cars inching their way through snow or traffic to drop off groceries to people in large detached homes. Navneet Alang, TheWeek, "Coronavirus and the uncomfortable calculus of the gig economy," 2 Apr. 2020 Manhattan—a low-rise city of detached homes and historic limestone buildings—was by far the smallest urban area on the list, with fifty-five thousand residents. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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18 Jun 2020

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“Detached.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce detached (audio)

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


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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