Definition of "detachment" []

  • The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation. (noun)
  • The state of being separate or detached. (noun)
  • Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness: preserved a chilly detachment in his relations with the family. (noun)
  • Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest: strove to maintain her professional detachment in the case. (noun)
  • The dispatch of a military unit, such as troops or ships, from a larger body for a special duty or mission. (noun)
  • Indifference to other people or to one's surroundings; aloofness (noun)

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.

  • Freedom from self-interest or bias; disinterest (noun)
  • The act of disengaging or separating something (noun)
  • The condition of being disengaged or separated; disconnection (noun)
  • The separation of a small unit from its main body, esp of ships or troops (noun)
  • The unit so detached (noun)
  • A branch office of a police force (noun)
  • The rule whereby the consequent of a true conditional statement, given the truth of its antecedent, may be asserted on its own (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "detachment" in a sentence
  • "But there should be a certain detachment from the writer's own passions."
  • "They're not criticizing him for attending the G-20 summit in France last week nor the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings - his predecessors attended the same gatherings - but they criticized what they called detachment from budget negotiations."
  • "Traditional models define successful mourning in terms of detachment from the loved one who has died; the ability to cut the strings of grief, and to step into the roles of mothers and fathers vacated by the dead."