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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One fire happened Tuesday at a detached garage and apartment in the 2300 block of South Hayes Street in Arlington. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Three people hurt in two separate fires in Northern Virginia," 2 July 2019 The dispute is over a 15-foot by 99-foot sliver that includes part of a detached garage and part of a pool. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019 The Masters’ Houses, a short walk, include three pairs of identical semidetached houses for the Bauhaus masters and a detached single home for its director. Margo Pfeiff, latimes.com, "Exploring the birthplace of Bauhaus, a German movement that changed design," 16 June 2019 Grounds of the estate include a covered dog run, a detached guest house and a view deck that offers scenic Camelback Mountain and city light views. Ebony Day, azcentral, "19,500-square-foot Paradise Valley mansion with 10 bathrooms sells for $5.7M," 17 June 2019 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

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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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