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 detached (audio) , dē-​ , -​ˈtacht-​lē \ adverb
detachedness \ di-​ˈta-​chəd-​nəs How to pronounce detached (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 house has four bedrooms and a guest apartment as well as a detached garage. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Investigators found one body in the basement, another in a detached garage, and the third buried in a tool shed., 30 Sep. 2021 Police said Robinson allegedly ran through a residential area and briefly paused in a resident’s backyard before being apprehended while hiding in a detached residential garage on Oak Street., 29 Sep. 2021 The dismantled and stripped down 2004 GMC pickup truck Nieko had been traveling in, according to Franklin Police and New York State Police, had been found stored in a residential detached garage in Nashville. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2021 The home has a large grassy area in the backyard along with a detached garage with an unfinished space that could be used as guests’ quarters. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 Subsequent visits to other doctors put the blame on detached retinas, and Connie was told her condition was inoperable. Alyssa Marino, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 Other episodes can sometimes take on the detached tone of an exchange being read from a court transcript, but in this installment, the old wounds feel raw and very much present. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2021 This is distinct from labels like Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade Certified, which play a more detached third-party certification role with producers. Brian Barth, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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