detrimental

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

Definition of detrimental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 detrimentally (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 As Kundera’s example hints, the problems of surveillance, detrimental on their own, become much more severe when performed irresponsibly by the state. K.n.c., The Economist, "Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right," 13 Dec. 2019 Losing insects could trigger a detrimental cascade of effects on ecosystems, so to reverse your aversion to arthropods Sverdrup-Thygeson takes readers into the wonderful world of bugs. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Science Books of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 However, as our study shows, such viral momentum may be detrimental to online discussion around pressing social topics in the long run. Eugenia Ha Rim Rho, Quartz, "#MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and other hashtags make people doubt the news," 4 Dec. 2019 However, as our study shows, such viral momentum may be detrimental to online discussion around pressing social topics in the long run. Eugenia Ha Rim Rho, The Conversation, "Political hashtags like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter make people less likely to believe the news," 26 Nov. 2019 However, this decision proved very detrimental on the side, with the Reds constantly left exposed in the early exchanges. SI.com, "Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reds Seal Win With Dramatic Late Double," 2 Nov. 2019 Teens are heavily influenced by peer pressure, by fear of missing out, by social media, by curiosity and a lack of knowledge about the risks and the facts around how detrimental long-term use can be. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Robert Crown experts warn parents of teens as marijuana becomes legal," 30 Oct. 2019 However, if changes to the health-care system don’t provide universal medical leave and short-term disability insurance protection, too many people will continue to be at risk from the detrimental economic consequences of illness and injury. Ray Kluender, Houston Chronicle, "The worst part about getting sick isn’t medical bills," 11 Oct. 2019 New research has found that smoking e-cigarettes over three years increases one's risk of developing lung disease A new study has confirmed that smoking e-cigarettes can have detrimental effects on health. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "New Study on Vaping Shows Link to Increased Risk of Respiratory Disease," 16 Dec. 2019

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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

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Noun

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The first known use of detrimental was in 1590

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11 Jan 2020

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“Detrimental.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detrimental. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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