Definition of detachment
2a : the dispatch of a body of troops or part of a fleet from the main body for a special mission or serviceb : the part so dispatchedc : a permanently organized separate unit usually smaller than a platoon and of special composition
3a : indifference to worldly concerns : aloofnessb : 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.
First Known Use of detachment
DETACHMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detachment for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of detachment for Students
1 : separation 1
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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