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detached (adj) not influenced by one's emotions or by other people; (of a house) not joined to another house.

You can take a detached view of something if you are not influenced by your emotions or feelings; if you view it as one who is not concerned with it. When you view a quarrel between your friend and someone else in a detached manner, you support your friend only if you find them just. You are not influenced by the feeling of friendship. You are impartial if you are detached. A detached building is one away from other buildings. It is independent and does not form a part of another building or a block.

  • Wilkins was quiet detached in judging his son's merit for the post in the company of which Wilkins was the manager. He rightly felt his son was not among the best of the candidates.
  • Philosophers encourage people to be detached in their dealings with their families and with society as that alone would ensure happiness. When you are detached, your emotional ties with others do not trouble you, they say.
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