Distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote: stood apart with aloof dignity. (adjective)
At a distance but within view; apart.(adverb)
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Use "aloof" in a sentence
"Why did Dunn remain aloof from the expatriate society in Macao for so many years when other traders partook of it regularly?"
"In short, to grow our intellectual capital and to ensure its steady flow to the business community, we can no longer afford to remain aloof from the economic and business environment."
"We cannot afford to remain aloof from the constitutional debate."