de·​tach·​ment | \di-ˈtach-mənt, 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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There are no Chinese visa checks, no officious border guards or customs officials, only a detachment of the People’s Armed Police, a paramilitary force entrusted with watching out for Islamic-looking dress near the stripes on the road. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "A Visa-Free Zone Welcomes Your Wallet. But Maybe Not Your Beard.," 8 Jan. 2018 Its removable doors gain a handhold for easier one-person detachment. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 Little seems to faze Nina, who has cultivated an attitude of unwavering, Ambien-like detachment. Leah Mirakhor,, "The fraught lives of Angelenos and their real estate are the focus of Lydia Millet's superb 'Fight No More'," 8 June 2018 According to the web site Forgotten Airfields, at the time Alhorn was host to a detachment of A-10s from the U.S. Air Force’s 81st Tactical Fighter Wing. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A-10 Warthogs Landing on the German Autobahn During the Cold War," 5 July 2018 Eye injuries such as corneal burns, ruptured eyeballs, and retinal detachments are common consequences of fireworks displays gone wrong, according to Wills Eye Hospital. Amanda Macmillan,, "This 25-Year-Old's Warning About Fireworks Safety Is Going Viral After a Celebration Left Him Nearly Blind," 3 July 2018 The landscape just multiplies the feeling of detachment. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 In a revealing documentary that aired earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth spoke rather matter-of-factly about the royal jewels — and there’s no denying her sense of detachment. Erin Hill,, "Queen Elizabeth Gave Meghan Markle a Gorgeous Pair of Earrings for Their First Trip Together," 14 June 2018 One reason that Kempowski’s interrogative prose has a strange air of detachment is that the words have indeed detached themselves from the characters. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of detachment

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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