detached

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
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adj no longer connected or joined

“a detached part”
“on one side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached
Synonyms:
separated
unconnected
not joined or linked together

adj not fixed in position

“the detached shutter fell on him”
Synonyms:
free
unfixed
not firmly placed or set or fastened

adj being or feeling set or kept apart from others

“she felt detached from the group”
Synonyms:
isolated, separated, set-apart
separate
independent; not united or joint

adj showing lack of emotional involvement

“she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive”
Synonyms:
degage, uninvolved
unconcerned
lacking in interest or care or feeling

adj lacking affection or warm feeling

Synonyms:
unaffectionate, uncaring
unloving
not giving or reciprocating affection

adj used of buildings; standing apart from others

detached houses”
“a detached garage”
Synonyms:
freestanding, separate
standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
semidetached
attached on one side only
Antonyms:
attached
used of buildings joined by common sidewalls

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