detriment

noun det·ri·ment \ ˈde-trə-mənt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of detriment

1 : injury, damage
  • did hard work without detriment to his health
2 : a cause of injury or damage
  • a detriment to progress

Examples of detriment in a Sentence

  1. opponents of casino gambling claim that it is a detriment to society at large

  2. the requirement that runners wear shoes for the race worked to his detriment since he was used to running barefoot

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Origin and Etymology of detriment

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin detrimentum, from deterere to wear away, impair, from de- + terere to rub — more at 1throw



DETRIMENT Defined for English Language Learners

detriment

noun

Definition of detriment for English Language Learners

  • : something that will cause damage or injury to something or someone

  • : the act of causing damage or injury to something or someone


DETRIMENT Defined for Kids

detriment

noun det·ri·ment \ ˈde-trə-mənt \

Definition of detriment for Students

: injury or damage or its cause : harm
  • Missing school is to your detriment.
  • Smoking is a detriment to health.

Law Dictionary

detriment

noun det·ri·ment \ ˈde-trə-mənt \

legal Definition of detriment

1 : injury, loss; also : the cause of an injury or loss
2 : a giving up of a thing or mode of conduct to which one is entitled that constitutes consideration for a contract called also legal detriment

detrimental

play \ˌde-trə-ˈmen-təl\ adjective

detrimentally

adverb


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