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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Examples of detriment in a Sentence

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 Finding Forrester is a rare basketball movie where someone’s prowess on the court is a detriment to their brilliance off the court. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 Among Democrats, 82 percent worried that easing up too soon would be a detriment to the most vulnerable populations, lead to an increase in deaths and overwhelm hospital capacity. NBC News, 1 Mar. 2022 These losses are a detriment to academia, science and society. Alison L. Antes, Scientific American, 11 Feb. 2022 Our argument against letting Judge call offensive plays is that his lack of experience would be a detriment to Jones. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2022 Colonial legal systems put in place more than a century ago continue to affect people’s lives, enabling foreign companies and Congolese élites to access land and resources in the D.R.C. to the detriment of ordinary people. Alice Gregory, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 This has been to the detriment of not only the country’s minorities but also its governance. Neil Devotta, The Conversation, 18 July 2022 And any other asset manager who solemnly promises to have nothing to do with sustainable investing even if this means a potentially massive increase in risk to the detriment of long-term returns. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 5 July 2022 This comes to the detriment to conjuring romance in the first act, as well as developing character conflict later on. Courtney Howard, Variety, 23 June 2022 See More

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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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“Detriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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.


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

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 detriment (audio) \ adjective
detrimentally adverb

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