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detachment

[ dih-tach-muhnt ]
/ dɪˈtætʃ mənt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of detachment

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

OTHER WORDS FROM detachment

non·de·tach·ment, nounpre·de·tach·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for detachment

detachment
/ (dɪˈtætʃmənt) /

noun
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Medical definitions for detachment

detachment
[ dĭ-tăchmənt ]

n.
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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