Definition of detachment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃmənt//
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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
  5. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French détachement, from détacher ‘to detach’, earlier destacher, from des- (expressing reversal) + attacher ‘attach’.Extra examples She gazed at the body with almost clinical detachment. She watched with complete detachment as the others made all the preparations. The judges show impartiality and detachment. his increasing detachment from reality A detachment of marines was left to guard the site. The attack wiped out the entire twelve-man detachment.
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