detachment

noun
de·​tach·​ment | \ di-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce detachment (audio) , dē-\

Definition of detachment

1 : the action or process of detaching : separation
2a : the dispatch of a body of troops or part of a fleet from the main body for a special mission or service
b : the part so dispatched
c : a permanently organized separate unit usually smaller than a platoon and of special composition
3a : indifference to worldly concerns : aloofness
b : freedom from bias or prejudice

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Examples of detachment in a Sentence

I wish the article had approached the issue with a bit more detachment. The form is perforated to make detachment of the bottom section easier. A detachment of soldiers was called to assist the police.
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The Grace 1, able to ship 2 million barrels of crude oil, was intercepted by detachments of Royal Marines and Gibraltarian police, who boarded the tanker from a helicopter and speed boat in the early hours of Thursday morning. Time, "British Marines Seize Supertanker Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria, Causing Diplomatic Row," 4 July 2019 Thacker explained that the soldiers who arrived Saturday are part of a personal security detachment. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Room bursts into applause as Arizona National Guard unit is welcomed home after nearly a year in Afghanistan," 29 June 2019 The idea is that keeping the decedent in one’s life, in some form, is healthier than the detachment of, for instance, putting Dad six feet under. Glenn Mcdonald, National Geographic, "From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech," 17 June 2019 In January 1904, Bell’s ship along with the Smithson casket arrived at the Navy Yard and a calvary detachment traveled the length of Pennsylvania Avenue to deliver Smithson's remains to the Smithsonian Castle. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Mr. Smithson’s Family Goes to Washington," 14 June 2019 Still, Byeongsu maintains a chilling detachment that’s often played for irony. Alana Mohamed, The Atlantic, "Inside the Head of an Aging Serial Killer," 11 June 2019 Meanwhile, a detachment of parachutists attacked the de Valleville farm, where the Germans had stationed an artillery battery. Ron Grossman, Houston Chronicle, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS," 9 June 2019 Should the commission approve the detachment, voters in each district would then have to approve the move. J. Harry Jones, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two North County districts contemplating exit from the San Diego County Water Authority," 5 June 2019 Far from exhibiting a sense of carefree detachment, three-fourths reported feeling grief, remorse and sadness. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of detachment

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jul 2019

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The first known use of detachment was in 1669

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detachment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detachment

: lack of emotion or of personal interest
: the act or process of separating something from a larger thing
: a condition in which something has become separated from something else

detachment

noun
de·​tach·​ment | \ di-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce detachment (audio) \

Kids Definition of detachment

2 : the sending out of a body of troops or ships on a special duty
3 : a small unit of troops or ships sent out for a special duty
4 : lack of interest in worldly concerns He maintained an air of cool detachment.
5 : freedom from the favoring of one side over another He judged the dispute with detachment.

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