1. the act of detaching.
  2. the condition of being detached.
  3. aloofness, as from worldly affairs or from the concerns of others.
  4. freedom from prejudice or partiality.
  5. the act of sending out a detached force of troops or naval ships.
  6. the body of troops or ships so detached.


  1. indifference to other people or to one’s surroundings; aloofness
  2. freedom from self-interest or bias; disinterest
  3. the act of disengaging or separating something
  4. the condition of being disengaged or separated; disconnection
  5. military
    1. the separation of a small unit from its main body, esp of ships or troops
    2. the unit so detached
  6. Canadian a branch office of a police force
  7. logic the rule whereby the consequent of a true conditional statement, given the truth of its antecedent, may be asserted on its ownSee also modus ponens

1660s, “action of detaching,” from French détachement (17c.), from détacher (see detach). Meaning “portion of a military force” is from 1670s; that of “aloofness from objects or circumstances” is from 1798.


  1. The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.
  2. The state of being separate or detached.
  3. Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness.
  4. Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest.

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