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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Recent Examples on the Web The second-largest U.S. automaker said in documents posted Sunday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first inquired about the issue in early 2020 following 11 reports of roof rail cover detachment. NBC News, 10 May 2021 Treatment options for retinal detachment can include laser surgery or freezing treatment to seal small retinal tears or breaks, as well as surgery to fix larger retinal detachments. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 21 Apr. 2021 Another event, called Battle 665 (the UC program’s detachment number), will be an in-house competition similar to the show American Ninja Warrior. Tawney Beans, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2021 In April 2020, federal regulators inquired about 11 customer complaints related to detachment while driving. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2021 Such detachment from conventions has led him to the subconscious, where our unedited desires and fears lie. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Guthrie underwent a number of laser procedures, and then surgery to repair retinal detachment in December 2019, according to Today. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 21 Apr. 2021 One aspect of the Air Force ROTC experience that Medrano is trying to keep intact are the events and field trips that the detachment normally participates in. Tawney Beans, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2021 And in the intervening years, researchers have found that popular beliefs about the cold detachment of urban dwellers is largely a canard, one sustained by headline-grabbing media accounts of people who appear to ignore a crime in progress., 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of detachment

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of detachment was in 1669

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9 Jun 2021

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“Detachment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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