What does detachment mean?

Definitions for detachment
dɪˈtætʃ məntde·tach·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word detachment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. withdrawal, detachment(noun)

    avoiding emotional involvement

  2. detachment, disengagement(noun)

    the act of releasing from an attachment or connection

  3. insulation, insularity, insularism, detachment(noun)

    the state of being isolated or detached

    "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel"

  4. detachment(noun)

    a small unit of troops of special composition

  5. separation, breakup, detachment(noun)

    coming apart


  1. detachment(Noun)

    The action of detaching; separation.

  2. detachment(Noun)

    The state of being detached or disconnected; insulation.

  3. detachment(Noun)

    Indifference to the concerns of others; aloofness.

  4. detachment(Noun)

    Absence of bias; impartiality; objectivity.

  5. detachment(Noun)

    The separation of a military unit from the main body for particular purpose or a special mission.

  6. detachment(Noun)

    The unit so dispatched.

  7. detachment(Noun)

    A permanent unit organized for special duties.

  8. detachment(Noun)

    Any smaller portion of a main body separately employed.

  9. Origin: From détachement

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detachment(noun)

    the act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached

  2. Detachment(noun)

    that which is detached; especially, a body of troops or part of a fleet sent from the main body on special service

  3. Detachment(noun)

    abstraction from worldly objects; renunciation

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. dtachement.]


  1. Detachment

    Detachment, also expressed as non-attachment, is a state in which a person overcomes his or her attachment to desire for things, people or concepts of the world and thus attains a heightened perspective.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. detachment

    1. A part of a unit separated from its main organization for duty elsewhere. 2. A temporary military or naval unit formed from other units or parts of units. Also called DET.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. detachment

    A force detached from the main body for employment on any particular service.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. detachment

    In military affairs, an uncertain number of men drawn out from several regiments or camps equally, to march or be employed as the general may think proper, whether on an attack, at a siege, or in parties to scour the country. A detachment of 2000 or 3000 men is a command for a general officer, 800 for a colonel, 500 for lieutenant-colonel, 200 or 300 for a major, 80 or 100 for a captain, 40 for a lieutenant, 12 for a sergeant, and 6 for a corporal.

How to pronounce detachment?

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How to say detachment in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detachment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detachment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of detachment in a Sentence

  1. Claude Roy:

    Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same you forget yourself.

  2. Devon Jerome Crawford:

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is implicated in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, this killing indicates the detachment of city leaders from the plight of black, teenage youth on the South Side of Chicago and a willingness by the city to criminalize blackness as opposed to reforming structural inequality.

  3. May Sarton:

    We are able to laugh when we achieve detachment, if only for a moment.

  4. Meister Eckhart:

    He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.

  5. Kane Ray:

    In the A320 family, accidents and incidents range from fan-cowl detachment, landing gear collapse, bird strikes, right through to hull losses through pilot error, most aircraft have teething problems, and in most cases, these are eradicated. Very rarely, these issues cause disasters -- largely because of a culmination of factors that lead to the event.

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Translations for detachment

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • отделяне, отчужденост, безпристрастност, откъсване, отряд, четаBulgarian
  • taĉmentoEsperanto
  • välinpitämättömyys, puolueettomuus, irrallisuus, erillisosastoFinnish
  • leválásHungarian
  • detasemenIndonesian
  • distacco, oggettività, imparzialità, distaccamentoItalian
  • detachement, onpartijdigheid, detachering, gereserveerdheid, afstandelijkheid, scheiding, losrakingDutch
  • despărțire, separare, detașament, imparțialitate, detașare, obiectivitate, indiferență, desprindereRomanian
  • отряд, отделе́ниеRussian
  • безсторонність, загін, безстрасність, відчуженість, відділення, відчуження, відокремлення, роз'єднання, відірваністьUkrainian
  • 支队Chinese

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