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English definition of “detachment”

detachment

noun uk   /dɪˈtætʃ.mənt/ us  

detachment noun (ARMY GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of soldiers who are separated from the main group in order to perform a particular duty: a military detachment A detachment of Italian soldiers was sent to the area.Parts of armies and groups of servicemen

detachment noun (NO EMOTION)

[U] a feeling of not being emotionally involved: to have an air of detachmentNot showing or feeling emotionsControlling emotions
(Definition of detachment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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