Definition of damaging

: causing or able to cause damage : injurious has a damaging effect on wildlife

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damagingly \ ˈda-​mi-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce damagingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of damaging in a Sentence

the damaging effects of the sun on your skin The storm may produce damaging winds. He says he has damaging information about the candidate. The evidence was very damaging to their case.
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Instead, lawmakers are moving toward a broader, one-time transfer tax on all high-ticket real-estate sales, which the industry said would be less damaging to the market. Josh Barbanel And Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Leaders Retreat From Annual Tax on High-Priced Second Homes," 26 Mar. 2019 His departure would have been more damaging if not for the two UCLA players who opted against following him out the door, guard Jaylen Hands and wing Kris Wilkes. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "The Schools That Won and Lost in the NBA Draft's Biggest Decisions," 31 May 2018 Depending on how either of them—or anyone else—chose to react to Barr's tweets could be far more damaging. Emma Grey Ellis And Justice Namaste, WIRED, "Canceling Roseanne Wasn't About Conviction—It Was About Capital," 30 May 2018 More damaging were insistent approaches to her father, Thomas Markle, a retired Hollywood lighting director who declared bankruptcy years ago and now lives in Mexico. Ellen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed, and a new era dawns in Britain," 19 May 2018 Here's the deal: Children tend to have much finer hair than adults, and since hair dye and bleach can be damaging, a child's immature hair is much more susceptible to damage. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "How Young Is Too Young to Dye Your Kid's Hair?," 15 Oct. 2018 Their presence has done two things that are highly damaging to state and local governments. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: Ruling against public-sector unions makes us freer," 1 July 2018 Officials from the company said this storm was one of the worst the state had seen in years and more damaging than Superstorm Sandy. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Storm Outages Persist; Eversource Says 'Majority' Resolved By Midnight," 21 May 2018 The report noted the last few years have smashed U.S. records for damaging weather, costing nearly $400 billion since 2015. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of damaging

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of damaging was circa 1828

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English Language Learners Definition of damaging

: causing or able to cause damage

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