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unattached

[uhn-uh-tacht]
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adjective
  1. not attached.
  2. not connected or associated with any particular body, group, organization, or the like; independent.
  3. not engaged or married.
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Origin of unattached

First recorded in 1490–1500; un-1 + attached
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Examples from the Web for unattached

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Historical Examples

  • The minister had said "unattached," but Captain Obed did not offer to correct the quotation.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • You are to be on the staff of an archbishop,—a sort of Christian unattached.

  • It, too, was unattached at the other end; it had no connection with the air-pump.

  • I'm a war correspondent, unattached just at present, but following the German army.

    Lorraine

    Robert W. Chambers

  • From them, both arms hung loose, unattached at the shoulder blades.

    Victory

    Lester del Rey


British Dictionary definitions for unattached

unattached

adjective
  1. not connected with any specific thing, body, group, etc; independent
  2. not engaged or married
  3. (of property) not seized or held as security or in satisfaction of a judgment
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Word Origin and History for unattached

adj.

late 15c., "not arrested or seized," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of attach. Meaning "not associated with any body or institution" is recorded from 1796; sense of "single, not engaged or married" is first attested 1874.

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