detrimental

adjective
det·​ri·​men·​tal | \ ˌde-trə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce detrimental (audio) \

Definition of detrimental

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: obviously harmful : damaging the detrimental effects of pollution

detrimental

noun
det·​ri·​men·​tal | \ ˌde-trə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce detrimental (audio) \

Definition of detrimental (Entry 2 of 2)

: an undesirable or harmful person or thing

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Other Words from detrimental

Adjective

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

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Adjective

pernicious, baneful, noxious, deleterious, detrimental mean exceedingly harmful. pernicious implies irreparable harm done through evil or insidious corrupting or undermining. the claim that pornography has a pernicious effect on society baneful implies injury through poisoning or destroying. the baneful notion that discipline destroys creativity noxious applies to what is both offensive and injurious to the health of a body or mind. noxious chemical fumes deleterious applies to what has an often unsuspected harmful effect. a diet found to have deleterious effects detrimental implies obvious harmfulness to something specified. the detrimental effects of excessive drinking

Examples of detrimental in a Sentence

Adjective In context, the word "corruption" summarized the opinion (set forth in some of the books mentioned in the review) that, as a general matter, the growing financial dependence of the medical profession on the pharmaceutical industry is profoundly detrimental to sound public, medical, and scientific policy. New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009 Healthy people can harbor Klebsiella to no detrimental effect; those with debilitating conditions, like liver disease or severe diabetes, or those recovering from major surgery, are most likely to fall ill. — Jerome Groopman, New Yorker, 11 & 18 Aug. 2008 Unfortunately, tourism, along with dynamite fishing and poaching, has proved detrimental to the park's coral reefs, mangrove complexes, coastal wetlands and marine species. Nature Conservancy Landmarks, Fall 2003 there were serious concerns that the factory's waste was detrimental to the local environment
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Invasive species can be detrimental to an ecosystem, crowding out those important native species. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: How can I be more environmentally-friendly in the new year?," 30 Dec. 2020 Defense attorneys have argued those tensions could be detrimental to their clients. Washington Post, "Potential jurors in George Floyd case asked if they support defunding police, amid concerns about ‘fair and safe’ trial," 23 Dec. 2020 Prosthetic builders like Dive Design, Bionic Pets, and Ortho Pets have to work in close consultation with orthopedic veterinarians to ensure that their creations aren’t actively detrimental to the animal. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing," 21 Dec. 2020 The delays are detrimental to people’s rights, Pearson said. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "State rifle association seeks injuction against police over firearm ID card delays," 21 Dec. 2020 The proposal was controversial, and opposed by environmental groups that say state documents show personal watercraft are detrimental to marine life in the bay. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy administration allows personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay," 15 Dec. 2020 Neuroscientists and psychologists teach us that our attention is fundamentally single-tasked, and switching it from one target to another is detrimental to productivity. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Slack Is the Right Tool for the Wrong Way to Work," 14 Dec. 2020 Smaller rosters mean fewer people pose a risk in contracting the virus, but also make the quarantining or isolation of even a handful of players more detrimental. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "As expected, the college hoops season is off to a rocky start. Here’s what health experts have to say about managing the risks going forward.," 2 Dec. 2020 According to Troye, the administration's refusal to comply with a transition into a Biden administration would prove detrimental to help get the vaccine out to people. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Ex-Pence adviser says Trump 'prolonging the agony' of COVID-19 by focusing on election over vaccine distribution," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of detrimental

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for detrimental

Adjective

see detriment

Noun

see detriment

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The first known use of detrimental was in 1590

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15 Jan 2021

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“Detrimental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detrimental. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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detrimental

adjective
How to pronounce detrimental (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of detrimental

formal : causing damage or injury

detrimental

adjective
det·​ri·​men·​tal | \ ˌde-trə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of detrimental

: causing damage or injury The detrimental effects of smoking are well known.

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