det·​ri·​ment | \ ˈde-trə-mənt How to pronounce detriment (audio) \

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

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opponents of casino gambling claim that it is a detriment to society at large the requirement that runners wear shoes for the race worked to his detriment since he was used to running barefoot
Recent Examples on the Web The utilities, in a joint filing to the commission, argued that to extend the moratorium beyond July would be a detriment to ratepayers. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "As the moratorium on utility shutoffs comes to a close, what's next for consumers still uncertain," 24 June 2020 There are many small details and symbols that Lee throws into Da 5 Bloods, but not to the detriment of his cast’s performances. Marcus Jones,, "Da 5 Bloods breakout Jonathan Majors isn't here to have fun," 23 June 2020 Outside of their pension plans, even experienced retail investors have a habit of over-trading—to the detriment of returns. The Economist, "Buttonwood To understand the new wave of small investors, look to China," 20 June 2020 Next to gut matter and dirt, heat is the biggest detriment to great tasting wild game. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt: A Step-by-Step Guide for New Adult Hunters," 3 June 2020 Cortana is now a standalone app, too, somewhat to its detriment. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft releases the Windows 10 May 2020 Update," 27 May 2020 That’s a zero-sum relationship where one organism extracts nourishment to the detriment of the other. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Incredible fossil find is the oldest known parasite," 2 June 2020 Perhaps its 73-minute running time is a detriment, as its focus on its subjects doesn’t seem to allow room for the objective evidence that would have bolstered its case. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Ellen Page’s documentary examines ‘environmental racism’ in her home province," 27 Mar. 2020 To his credit, or detriment, depending on your vantage, Mr. Johnson was not one to network and make calls to get his boys into ongoing schools. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "The Manhattan Private School That Tore Itself Apart," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of detriment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 throw entry 1

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30 Jun 2020

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“Detriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of detriment

: something that will cause damage or injury to something or someone
: the act of causing damage or injury to something or someone


det·​ri·​ment | \ ˈde-trə-mənt How to pronounce detriment (audio) \

Kids Definition of detriment

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


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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

Other Words from detriment

detrimental \ ˌde-​trə-​ˈmen-​təl How to pronounce detrimental (audio) \ adjective
detrimentally adverb

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