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unattached

[uhn-uh-tacht] /ˌʌn əˈtætʃt/
adjective
1.
not attached.
2.
not connected or associated with any particular body, group, organization, or the like; independent.
3.
not engaged or married.
Origin of unattached
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; un-1 + attached
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  • 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.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • 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
  • But, no; I didn't say you were the less an angel; only that I thought of you as unattached, then—you see.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for unattached

unattached

/ˌʌnəˈtætʃt/
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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