detached

adjective
de·​tached | \di-ˈtacht, 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 \ -​ˈta-​chəd-​lē , -​ˈtacht-​lē \ adverb
detachedness \ -​ˈta-​chəd-​nəs , -​ˈtacht-​nəs \ 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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The semitractor-trailer hit a guardrail and concrete construction barrier wall, causing the trailer to become detached from the tractor, the release states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Semi driver distracted by bug spills 42,000 pounds of plastic on I-65 near Lowell," 12 July 2018 The European debate therefore follows its own political logic, ever-more detached from the root causes of migratory flows. The Economist, "An emergency EU summit makes little progress on migration," 24 June 2018 The plane was flying at 32,000 feet to the Tibetan capital Lhasa from the western city of Chongqing on Monday when its front right windshield became detached, exposing the cockpit to the freezing, low-pressure atmosphere outside. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China Investigating How Cockpit Windshield Blew Out of Sichuan Airlines Flight," 15 May 2018 This caused his legs, arms and torso to become detached, leaving the head still in his mother's womb, the hearing was told. Fox News, "Premature baby was decapitated 'when top NHS doc detached body from head during botched birth'," 10 May 2018 Then the drums kick in, the guitar-strumming starts and Meloy's detached voice brings it all in. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "The Decemberists announce 'I'll Be Your Girl,' their new synth-laden album," 17 Jan. 2018 None of that should be read as an indication that the squad is detached and isolated, and lacking in spirit. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Dele Alli and England Drop Their Guard and Their Past," 18 June 2018 The Driver’s Seat In a back corner, a detached garage finds new life as a ceramics studio where Gimbel throws pots—mostly plant containers with bold colors and unusual shapes—that are sold at local boutiques. Sunset, "Peek Inside an Awe-Inspiring Artist’s Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 There is also a detached studio trimmed with Camellia sasanqua and nearby, a beehive. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 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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The first known use of detached was circa 1706

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More Definitions for detached

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 \

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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