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
The atmosphere created by the works on view, ranging from the 14th- to the 16th centuries, known as the Muromachi Period, is one of lofty detachment and quiet contemplation.
For those readers who have grown skeptical of contemporary poetry that’s marked by antiseptic detachment and cute-geek deadpan posturing, the beast savor of Kleinzahler’s work serves as a vigorous antidote.
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.
The most involving scenes are those between Sam and Braeden, in part because Booth (who co-starred in Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On) brings such depth to a role that straddles the divide between youthful detachment and genuine sensitivity.
On the face of it, Glass' minimalist musical style would seem to be a natural for a story predicated on detachment and repetitive process.
When some of them escaped, Captain William Strong led a detachment of volunteers to bring them back.
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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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