adjective det·ri·men·tal \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


  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


(see detriment)
First Known Use: 1590

Synonym Discussion of DETRIMENTAL

pernicious, baneful, noxious, deleterious, detrimental mean exceedingly harmful. pernicious implies irreparable harm done through evil or insidious corrupting or undermining <the claim that pornography has a pernicious effect on society>. baneful implies injury through poisoning or destroying <the baneful notion that discipline destroys creativity>. noxious applies to what is both offensive and injurious to the health of a body or mind <noxious chemical fumes>. deleterious applies to what has an often unsuspected harmful effect <a diet found to have deleterious effects>. detrimental implies obvious harmfulness to something specified <the detrimental effects of excessive drinking>.


noun det·ri·men·tal \ˌde-trə-ˈmen-təl\

Definition of DETRIMENTAL

:  an undesirable or harmful person or thing


(see 1detrimental)
First Known Use: 1831
DETRIMENTAL Defined for Kids


adjective det·ri·men·tal \ˌde-trə-ˈmen-təl\

Definition of DETRIMENTAL for Kids

:  causing damage or injury <The detrimental effects of smoking are well known.>


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