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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)

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.

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?"