deleterious was our Word of the Day on 05/31/2011. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of deleterious in a Sentence
- In developing countries, the imposition of boundaries around national parks and protected areas has been deleterious for both people and wildlife. —Kristin B. Gunther, Association of American Geographers, 2002
- Most everyone now knows the action of pressing mouse keys is far more deleterious to the tender structures of the wrist and hand than typing is. —Michael Finley, Albany (New York) Times-Union, 2 Sept. 1998
- This skewed allocation of resources away from those most in need, in turn, insures that many young people from low-income families will continue to be shut out of the economy, with obvious deleterious family and social consequences. —Iris C. Rotberg, Education Week, 9 Mar. 1994
- For as James Keirans pointed out to me, ticks are the world's most notorious carriers of the agents of diseases that strike animals, wild and domestic. And they rank second only to mosquitoes in their deleterious effect on humans. —Edwards Park, Smithsonian, January 1987
The chemical is deleterious to the environment.
The drug has no deleterious effects on patients.
Recent Examples of deleterious from the Web
While there's no clear connection between Spade's and Bourdain's deaths, high-profile suicides could have a deleterious effect on people experiencing emotional or psychological hardships, potentially leading to a contagion effect.
Adami has been arrested and charged with distributing food containing noxious/deleterious material.
But ironically enough, that same legislation is creating ripples in some housing markets that could prove particularly deleterious to second-home owners.
Strengthening mental-health services in emergency departments may relieve some of the deleterious effects of psychiatric boarding.
The proxy will drop any deleterious requests, making the setup especially useful for defending against DDoS attacks.
This detachment from the natural world — and natural sunlight, specifically — can have negative impacts, and can even have deleterious effects as serious as respiratory problems or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Unlike so many other mind-altering elixirs, psychedelics are not addictive, and in otherwise healthy users seem to have few if any permanent deleterious effects.
Succulents are uncommon in northern climates because winter freezing of that large water volume can have rather explosive and deleterious results.
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Synonym Discussion of deleterious
- the claim that pornography has a pernicious effect on society
- the baneful notion that discipline destroys creativity
- noxious chemical fumes
- a diet found to have deleterious effects
- the detrimental effects of excessive drinking
DELETERIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deleterious for English Language Learners
: damaging or harmful
medical Definition of deleterious
- the deleterious effects of radiation and chemotherapy on the marrow
- —Christine Gorman
- deleterious genes
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