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.
Recent Examples of detachment from the Web
Canada has about 200 special forces soldiers operating in northern Iraq supported by a combat hospital, a helicopter detachment, a surveillance plane and an air-to-air refueling aircraft.
No less than other forms of organizing, this intellectual work requires significant personal courage—to reject the posture of scholarly detachment and the conventions of civility that discourage criticism of ideas that enjoy elite support.
Along with his son and a detachment of men, Antoine traipsed around the forested countryside in search of the beast.
When some of them escaped, Captain William Strong led a detachment of volunteers to bring them back.
TM: The difference is essentially the degree of detachment between the state and the hackers.
A detachment of the planes are currently participating in the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Each of those detachments was commanded by an officer.
This may be Nyoni's intention, but such arty detachment will alienate some of the film's potential audience.
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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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