detrimental


1det·ri·men·tal

adjective \ˌde-trə-ˈmen-təl\

: causing damage or injury

Full Definition of DETRIMENTAL

:  obviously harmful :  damaging <the detrimental effects of pollution>
det·ri·men·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of DETRIMENTAL

  1. <there were serious concerns that the factory's waste was detrimental to the local environment>
  2. In context, the word corruption summarized the opinion (set forth in some of the books mentioned in the review) that, as a general matter, the growing financial dependence of the medical profession on the pharmaceutical industry is profoundly detrimental to sound public, medical, and scientific policy. —New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009

Origin of DETRIMENTAL

(see detriment)
First Known Use: 1590

2det·ri·men·tal

noun \ˌde-trə-ˈmen-təl\

Definition of DETRIMENTAL

:  an undesirable or harmful person or thing

Origin of DETRIMENTAL

(see 1detrimental)
First Known Use: 1831

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