Definition of disengagement in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒm(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /dɪsɛnˈɡeɪdʒm(ə)nt/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of withdrawing from involvement in an activity, situation, or group: his disengagement from the provisional government
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  • From there it is a short step to total disillusion and disengagement from the activities of the employer, and a general feeling of powerlessness both at work and in the social network in which we all operate outside work.
  • This induces ‘fear and, hence, disengagement from an activity’.
  • Only thus can we be sure of starting the process of disengagement from the project.
1.1The withdrawal of military forces or the renunciation of military or political influence in an area: Europe must look to her own defence as a consequence of the American disengagement
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  • The October 1973 war forced Israel into military disengagement talks.
  • Both countries realize that military disengagement and political feuding are no substitutes for a more effective partnership.
  • These accords directed a military disengagement based on a temporary demarcation line across the narrow waist of the country at the 17th parallel.
withdrawal, departure, retirement, retreat
1.2The process of separating or releasing something or of becoming separated or released: the mechanism prevents accidental disengagement
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  • The motor vehicle door locks have a central lock mechanism drive with control positions for engagement and/or disengagement of the theft preventative configuration and the central lock mechanism drive is operable by the electronic operating device.
  • The locking mechanism prevents an unintentional disengagement by shock, vibration or pulling the cable.
  • Disengagement of the motor drive shall permit the use of a wrench on the output shaft flats.
disconnection, detachment, separation, unfastening, uncoupling
1.3 archaic The breaking off of an engagement to be married.
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  • Henry would turn engagement into disengagement.
2Emotional detachment; objectivity: contemporary criticism can afford neutral disengagement
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  • His emotional disengagement required great self-sacrifice, as James turned away from love and from the demands that it might make upon him.
  • It is one of the great, heart-rending anecdotes of musical history, but one cannot help wondering if Janacek's ability to go on composing while she expired shows only a profound emotional disengagement.
  • It includes strategies for promoting high academic achievement as well as off-setting problems of alienation, disengagement, and emotional distress.
3 Fencing another term for disengage.
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  • If the attack is commenced when the opponent's blade is not in line, the attack may be completed either direct, or by one disengagement or by a cut-over, or else be preceded by successful feints which oblige the opponent to parry.
  • This allowed the way for closing and defending a line, engagement in a particular line and disengagement into another line.
  • The course aim is to introduce the fundamentals of fencing technique to the novice, this will include footwork, blades skills such as parries, disengagement, cutover and compound attacks.

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