[ dih-tach-muhnt ]
/ dɪˈtætʃ mənt /


the act of detaching.
the condition of being detached.
aloofness, as from worldly affairs or from the concerns of others.
freedom from prejudice or partiality.
the act of sending out a detached force of troops or naval ships.
the body of troops or ships so detached.

Origin of detachment

From the French word détachement, dating back to 1660–70. See detach, -ment

Related forms

non·de·tach·ment, nounpre·de·tach·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for detachment


/ (dɪˈtætʃmənt) /


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Medicine definitions for detachment


[ dĭ-tăchmənt ]


The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.
The state of being separate or detached.
Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness.
Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest.
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