If something is detached, it stands apart from something else. That goes for people, emotions, retinas, garages, and just about anything else that can be disconnected or uninvolved.

In the simplest sense, detached means "not attached." Which is a fine state to be in if you're talking about houses (it means they're not connected, like row houses) or your neighbor's aggressive dog (who was chomping down on your leg a few minutes ago). But if a person is emotionally detached, be careful: They're not in touch with their own emotions, or very interested in understanding yours.

Definitions of detached
  1. adjective
    no longer connected or joined
    “a detached part”
    synonyms: separated
    not joined or linked together
  2. adjective
    not fixed in position
    “the detached shutter fell on him”
    synonyms: free
    not firmly placed or set or fastened
  3. adjective
    being or feeling set or kept apart from others
    “she felt detached from the group”
    synonyms: isolated, separated, set-apart
    independent; not united or joint
  4. adjective
    showing lack of emotional involvement
    “she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive”
    synonyms: degage, uninvolved
    lacking in interest or care or feeling
  5. adjective
    lacking affection or warm feeling
    synonyms: unaffectionate, uncaring
    not giving or reciprocating affection
  6. adjective
    used of buildings; standing apart from others
    detached houses”
    “a detached garage”
    freestanding, separate
    standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
    attached on one side only
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    used of buildings joined by common sidewalls
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