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That night, Mary and Tom discussed about Tom's gradual __

Basically, I'm looking for a word that means distancement. Any suggestions?

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    How about withdrawal
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 5:18
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    Lack of detail, what do you mean by "distancement"? A word, which is nonstandard, (it should be "distance") do you mean they are growing apart? Do you need a single word at all cost? Can an idiom do just as well? Do you want to convey that the growing apart is one-sided?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 12:00
  • What research have you done? Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 15:00

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the action or process of withdrawing from involvement in a particular activity, situation, or group. "their steady disengagement from politics and politicians"
emotional detachment; objectivity. "contemporary criticism can afford neutral disengagement"

Source: entry in Oxford online dictionary

  • My source was dictionary.com, which probably comes from Oxford. Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 16:31
  • Since Oxford seems to be the root source, I have edited the answer to cite it as the source. Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 16:50


How does it show its distancization from earlier sources?

Noun form of to distancize. For this see

So, just saying, you can enjoy it, but be aware of its shortcomings, and distancize yourself from some aspects.


Keywords in media coverage of the Horn of Africa: hunger, violence, conflict-do they proximize or distancize?


Notice from the same source this can refer to metaphorical rather than spatial distance:

for me in/ou[t] are clearly spatial relations but not primarily distance, which is a (metaphorical) derivative there

Last, see

it's imperative to distancize oneself from it as ostensibly as possible, in order to avoid suspicion, "contamination", etc


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    Distancize? I can't find any evidence that this word actually exists. The fact that someone on Twitter has said it doesn't make it a real word. Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 17:31

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