detachment

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French détachement; synchronically analyzable as detach +‎ -ment.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈtæt͡ʃmənt/
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  • Hyphenation: de‧tach‧ment

NounEdit

 
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detachment (countable and uncountable, plural detachments)

  1. (uncountable) The action of detaching; separation.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being detached or disconnected; insulation.
  3. (uncountable) Indifference to the concerns of others; disregard; nonchalance; aloofness.
  4. (uncountable) Absence of bias; impartiality; objectivity.
  5. (uncountable, military) The separation of a military unit from the main body for a particular purpose or special mission.
  6. (countable, military) The unit so dispatched.
    • 1958, Hartendorp, A. V. H., History of Industry and Trade of the Philippines: The Magsaysay Administration[1], OCLC 5717864, page 218:
      Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracels dated back at least to the early 19th century, when Emperor Gia-Long sent a detachment to Hoang Sa Island, it remained until the establishment of French protectorate over Annam, when France assumed responsibility for the islands.
  7. (countable, military) A permanent unit organized for special duties.
  8. (countable) Any smaller portion of a main body separately employed.

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