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Definition of detachment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of not being involved in something in an emotional or personal way He answered with an air of detachment. She felt a sense of detachment from what was going on. opposite involvement
  2. 2[uncountable] (approving) the state of not being influenced by other people or by your own feelings In judging these issues a degree of critical detachment is required.
  3. 3[countable] a group of soldiers, ships, etc. sent away from a larger group, especially to do special duties a detachment of artillery
  4. 4[uncountable] the act of detaching something; the process of being detached from something to suffer detachment of the retina
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