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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In describing the documentary to Neistat, Paul explained his story with detachment. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Logan Paul’s redemption arc is proceeding exactly as planned," 29 Aug. 2018 The only difference between the two sides is that liberals are transparent about their political agenda, while conservatives, using originalism to make problematic claims of detachment, are not. Joseph J. Ellis, WSJ, "Stop Pretending the Supreme Court Is Above Politics," 13 Sep. 2018 During the Battle of San Juan Hill, Lieutenant John Parker's Gatling Gun detachment laid down suppressive fire on Spanish positions by firing over 18,000 rounds during the American attack, preventing the Spanish from firing down on the U.S. forces. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The Story of the Gatling Gun," 22 Aug. 2016 As army troops approached, the van blew up, killing the militant and 10 other people outside a paramilitary detachment and wounding several villagers. Fox News, "43 suspects in deadly Philippine bombings face criminal raps," 10 Sep. 2018 And this is to ignore the maimed, the shellshocked and the devastated—all those walking casualties who, when straying into the fiction of the 1920s, are instantly recognizable by their detachment from the social life that oozes on around them. D.j. Taylor, WSJ, "‘Wasteland’ Review: Ghosts of the Great War," 18 Jan. 2019 The longer this detachment goes untreated, the higher your risk of lasting vision loss in that eye. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 While some series can get away with operating as an escape from reality (utter detachment is Trial & Error’s bread and butter) there’s not enough meat on The Good Cop’s bones to justify its seeming absence of connection to the world it’s set in. Karen Han, Vox, "Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s appealing odd-couple dynamic can’t quite save The Good Cop," 21 Sep. 2018 The arms-length ironic detachment with which so many of us (O.K., me) lead our day-to-day land lives simply doesn’t work when surrounded by a thousand fleshy strangers in swimsuits. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018

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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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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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