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English definition of “detached”

detached

adjective uk   /dɪˈtætʃt/ us  

detached adjective (SEPARATE)

separated: The label became detached from your parcel.Separateness and isolation in spaceAlone C1 describes a house that is not connected to any other building: Prices are rising so fast that people can't afford detached houses. Separateness and isolation in spaceAloneHouses and homes

detached adjective (WITHOUT EMOTION)

C2 describes someone who does not show any emotional involvement or interest in a situation: She seemed a bit detached, as if her mind were on other things. Throughout the novel, the story is seen through the eyes of a detached observer.Not showing or feeling emotionsControlling emotions
(Definition of detached from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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