- not attached; separated: a detached ticket stub.
- having no wall in common with another building (opposed to attached): a detached house.
- impartial or objective; disinterested; unbiased: a detached judgment.
- not involved or concerned; aloof.
Origin of detached
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- to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
- Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.
Origin of detach
Examples from the Web for detached
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Soon, Egan begins to unravel—haunted by the high body counts, the civilian casualties, and the bizarre, detached nature of it all.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
People are locked in texting, or whatever it is on their screens, and detached from their physical surroundings.The End of New York: How One Blog Tracks the Disappearance of a Vibrant City
August 6, 2014
For that reason, it is essential for a neutral and detached judge to make the decision whether any particular query is warranted.Understanding Obama’s NSA Proposals
Geoffrey R. Stone
March 27, 2014
He likewise highlights this failing among a detached citizenry on the homefront.The Book America Needs to Read Right Now
John Kael Weston
January 20, 2014
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.Way of the Lawless
It is present in all his works, in stray letters and detached passages.De Libris: Prose and Verse
In fact, Claudio's temper here is as detached and impartial as Benedick's.The Man Shakespeare
He said these words slowly, without emphasis, in almost a detached manner.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- disconnected or standing apart; not attacheda detached house
- having or showing no bias or emotional involvement; disinterested
- 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)
- 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
- to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
- military to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment
Word Origin and History for detached
1680s, from French détacher "to detach, untie," from Old French destachier, from des- "apart" + attachier "attach" (see attach). Related: Detached; detaching.
- Separated; disconnected.
- Standing apart from others; separate.
- To separate or unfasten; disconnect.
- To remove from association or union with something.