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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
However, intrusive bureaucrats are increasingly inserting themselves into the doctor-patient relationship with unintended, deleterious consequences.
Just over half thought that children would have become worse at delaying gratification—perhaps thinking about a plethora of recent of studies into the supposedly deleterious effects of modern technology.
As the storm comes ashore in extreme southeastern Louisiana and the Mississippi coast, its most deleterious effects should be near and to the east of the center, where by far the strongest winds are.
What deliberations were made about the possible trade-offs between what you’d learn and the probable deleterious effects on the media business and information ecosystem in these places?
Research into the deleterious health effects of cigarette smoking was beginning to pile up ominously all over the country.
Stop the addiction to needless waste of chemicals that are deleterious to our environment.
In this case, the stimulus is real, as are the deleterious effects of stress on the body.
Most health care experts agree that this is a terrible idea, however, because under Cruz’s plan, sick people will flock to the one plan that covers them, with deleterious market effects.
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Origin and Etymology of deleterious
First Known Use: 1643See Words from the same year
Synonymsadverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, harmful, detrimental, evil, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wicked
Antonymsanodyne, benign, harmless, hurtless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, safe
Related Wordshostile, inimical, unfriendly; contagious, deadly, infectious, infective, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, poisonous, venomous; insidious, menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; destructive, fatal, killer, lethal, malignant, ruinous
Near Antonymsadvantageous, beneficial, useful; favorable, good, propitious; curative, healthful, healthy, helpful, palliative, remedial, salubrious, salutary, wholesome; secure, sound; benignant; noncorrosive, nondestructive, nonfatal, noninfectious, nonlethal, nonpoisonous, nonpolluting, nontoxic, nonvenomous
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
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