Definition of "detached" []

  • Separated; disconnected: a detached part; a detached plug. (adjective)
  • Standing apart from others; separate: a house with a detached garage. (adjective)
  • Marked by an absence of emotional involvement and an aloof, impersonal objectivity. See Synonyms at cool. (adjective)
  • Disconnected or standing apart; not attached (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having or showing no bias or emotional involvement; disinterested (adjective)
  • Working at the clients' normal location rather than from an office; not dependent on premises for providing a service (adjective)
  • (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 (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "detached" in a sentence
  • "The autopsy that was performed when (oh, god, to write such words and remain detached is beyond my ability) his body was recovered was inconclusive."
  • "Arriving at this conclusion, she put the chest and its contents back again on the shelf -- with the one exception of the label detached from the blue-glass bottle."
  • "Up next, it's our question of the hour: Should Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff lose his job after a report blasts what it calls his detached response to Hurricane Katrina?"