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detached

[dih-tacht]
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adjective
  1. not attached; separated: a detached ticket stub.
  2. having no wall in common with another building (opposed to attached): a detached house.
  3. impartial or objective; disinterested; unbiased: a detached judgment.
  4. not involved or concerned; aloof.

Origin of detached

First recorded in 1700–10; detach + -ed2
Related formsde·tached·ly [dih-tach-id-lee, -tacht-lee] /dɪˈtætʃ ɪd li, -ˈtætʃt li/, adverbde·tach·ed·ness, nounun·de·tached, adjective

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3. uninvolved, neutral, evenhanded, dispassionate, unprejudiced.

Antonyms

1, 2. attached.

detach

[dih-tach]
verb (used with object)
  1. to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
  2. Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.

Origin of detach

1470–80; < Middle French détacher, Old French destachier; see dis-1, attach
Related formsde·tach·a·ble, adjectivede·tach·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·tach·a·bly, adverbde·tach·er, nounnon·de·tach·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·tach·a·ble, adjectivepre·de·tach, verb (used with object)self-de·tach·ing, adjectiveun·de·tach·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for detached

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Historical Examples

  • Supposing him ready to separate from her, could she be detached from him?

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The sixth man was Scottie, who had long since been detached from the party.

  • It is present in all his works, in stray letters and detached passages.

  • In fact, Claudio's temper here is as detached and impartial as Benedick's.

  • He said these words slowly, without emphasis, in almost a detached manner.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for detached

detached

adjective
  1. disconnected or standing apart; not attacheda detached house
  2. having or showing no bias or emotional involvement; disinterested
  3. social welfare working at the clients' normal location rather than from an office; not dependent on premises for providing a servicea detached youth worker Compare outreach (def. 7)
  4. ophthalmol (of the retina) separated from the choroid layer of the eyeball to which it is normally attached, resulting in loss of vision in the affected part

detach

verb (tr)
  1. to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
  2. military to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment
Derived Formsdetachable, adjectivedetachability, noundetacher, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Old French destachier, from des- dis- 1 + attachier to attach
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Word Origin and History for detached

detach

v.

1680s, from French détacher "to detach, untie," from Old French destachier, from des- "apart" + attachier "attach" (see attach). Related: Detached; detaching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

detached in Medicine

detached

(dĭ-tăcht)
adj.
  1. Separated; disconnected.
  2. Standing apart from others; separate.

detach

(dĭ-tăch)
v.
  1. To separate or unfasten; disconnect.
  2. To remove from association or union with something.
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