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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Papua New Guinea also sent a small security detachment. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2021 Mifespristone blocks progesterone, which causes changes in the uterine lining and detachment of the pregnancy, while misoprostol leads to contractions. Vanessa Etienne,, 19 July 2022 Here’s an illustration of these anatomical structures that constitute the pre-brain portion of your visual pathway: Any kind of retinal detachment can interrupt this pathway. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Like Montaigne, who shaped important views on human nature and society while puttering around his garden and library, Mr. Nooteboom also suggests that a life of quiet domestic routine isn’t necessarily an exercise in civic detachment. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Even the Mahler looks on this unbearable pain with a kind of detachment. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Employers can help to combat feelings of detachment by encouraging employees to create real and lasting relationships. Stephen Baer, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The level of detachment seems to be rising with the demand. Antonia Hitchens, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 Setting hard boundaries always seemed like the best way to maintain that vital element of detachment. Gloria Liu, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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