1. showing lack of emotional involvement (Freq. 4)

"adopted a degage pose on the arm of the easy chair"- J.S.Perelman


she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive


an uninvolved bystander

Syn: ↑degage, ↑uninvolved
Similar to: ↑unconcerned
2. being or feeling set or kept apart from others (Freq. 2)

she felt detached from the group


"could not remain the isolated figure he had been"- Sherwood Anderson


thought of herself as alone and separated from the others


had a set-apart feeling

Syn: ↑isolated, ↑separated, ↑set-apart
Similar to: ↑separate
3. no longer connected or joined (Freq. 1)

a detached part


on one side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached


the separated spacecraft will return to their home bases

Syn: ↑separated
Similar to: ↑unconnected
4. used of buildings; standing apart from others

detached houses


a detached garage

Ant: ↑attached
Similar to: ↑freestanding, ↑separate, ↑semidetached
Topics: ↑architecture
5. lacking affection or warm feeling

an uncaring person

Syn: ↑unaffectionate, ↑uncaring
Similar to: ↑unloving
6. not fixed in position

the detached shutter fell on him


he pulled his arm free and ran

Syn: ↑free
Similar to: ↑unfixed

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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