noun det·ri·ment \ˈde-trə-mənt\

: something that will cause damage or injury to something or someone

: the act of causing damage or injury to something or someone

Full Definition of DETRIMENT

:  injury, damage <did hard work without detriment to his health>
:  a cause of injury or damage <a detriment to progress>

Examples of DETRIMENT

  1. <opponents of casino gambling claim that it is a detriment to society at large>
  2. <the requirement that runners wear shoes for the race worked to his detriment since he was used to running barefoot>


Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin detrimentum, from deterere to wear away, impair, from de- + terere to rub — more at throw
First Known Use: 15th century
DETRIMENT Defined for Kids


noun det·ri·ment \ˈde-trə-mənt\

Definition of DETRIMENT for Kids

:  injury or damage or its cause :  harm <Missing school is to your detriment.> <Smoking is a detriment to health.>


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