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 (stănd-ô′fĭsh, -ŏf′ĭsh)
Aloof or reserved.

stand·off′ish·ness n.
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Noun1.standoffishness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in mannerstandoffishness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
unsociability, unsociableness - an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
unapproachability - a disposition to be unapproachable; unfriendly and inaccessible
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But within a select group of materials exposed to extremely low temperatures, electrons overcome their standoffishness and pair up.
This may be good in the case of antifeminist Lori but a personal standoffishness prevents her from building relationships with Maggie, Carol, Patricia, or even Beth.
The two Democratic Party betrayals plus Sierra Club standoffishness snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
has been taken for a ride, and how Obama's standoffishness, even indifference, toward the Middle East has encouraged this.
There's a standoffishness and I deliberately asked the players against Dublin to ignore the fact that there are new rules with the black card and just play as they normally would.
If your interests are truly entwined with social developments, you will have to climb down from your standoffishness and work with the government at reforming the Kingdom, but you will have to do so fairly and with honest intents.
Even World War I for the United States was conceived and executed as a one-off involvement followed by a rapid turn inward and back to America's long-term standoffishness and noninvolvement in European affairs.
His beautiful reversals and abrupt tempo shifts point back to a beginning, a new start, a fresh view, and the pace and elastic play of Wilkinson's English compels us to want to re-read a book we're still in the process of reading: "then my father fell on the ground, / changed his character and froze // and my brothers hacked a hoe in him, / fished in him for comfort and resignation, / built houses on him, and little palaces // and my father spread // like restlessness and standoffishness / despite himself.
BLAFFER ART MUSEUM * April 28-September 23 * Curated by Rachel Hooper * Andy Coolquitt's minimalist sculptures evade the genre's usual standoffishness.