nonattachment

adjective

non·​at·​tach·​ment ˌnän-ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce nonattachment (audio)
: lack of attachment (as to worldly concerns)
There is a subtle distinction between indifference and nonattachment, and it is crucial to understand this distinction if you are to have genuine happiness in your life. Phillip Moffitt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Buddhism, there is a practice of nonattachment called nekkhamma. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 18 Dec. 2020 For non-Buddhists, indifference to death might entail a bit more nonattachment than is optimal. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonattachment was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Nonattachment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonattachment. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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