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

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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The zoning amendment would, among other things, remove prohibitions on detached auxiliary dwellings on lots smaller than 1 acre and in small-lot single family zones. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Officials say it’s a common-sense zoning change. These homeowners say it’s a ‘betrayal.’," 22 July 2019 The other was for having water turned off due to a detached pipe. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "The 10 worst restaurant health scores in Jefferson County for June 2019," 2 July 2019 Baseness, bastardy, base They are also reflected in the game’s popularity, especially among those with the most detached view of America: the millions of immigrants who have arrived over baseball’s history. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 People who burn out often feel a sense of emotional exhaustion or indifference, and may treat colleagues, clients, or patients in a detached or dehumanized way. Michael Musker, Quartz at Work, "Are you suffering from burnout? Ask yourself four questions," 6 June 2019 The most enticing part of the property might just be the one thing the design duo didn't touch—a detached tiny building located in the backyard. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Cutest Home From Season 3 of Fixer Upper is For Sale in Waco," 28 May 2019 Gray, the girl, made a few detached approaches just before veering around to her traditional business zone. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?," 23 Jan. 2019 Zimmermann and cinematographer Gerald Kerkletz, most famous for his work on Cannes competition title Michael from Markus Schleinzer, enforce their rigid formal choice throughout, which imparts a sense of detached and almost objective calmness. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walden': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 The absence of all that extra space (combined with the standardization and mass production of building materials) is what made detached single-family housing inexpensive and accessible to different classes in the first place. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Our homes don’t need formal spaces," 11 July 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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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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