detrimental

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

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 \

Definition of detrimental (Entry 2 of 2)

: an undesirable or harmful person or thing

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Adjective

detrimentally \-​tᵊl-​ē \ 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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Policy actions do have some impact—and not all of them have been detrimental to renewable energy. Emily Atkin, New Republic, "Trump Can’t Kill Renewable Energy," 19 Feb. 2018 Many of those countries are in the global south, and most have long histories of colonization and detrimental influence in common. Christy Turlington Burns, Marie Claire, "Christy Turlington Burns' Immigration Story," 13 Aug. 2018 Letting this drag on for months will be hugely detrimental in one of the most important times in the club's recent history. SI.com, "No Swanning Around: Why Playing Hardball Could Come Back to Haunt Swansea This Summer," 23 June 2018 Because of that, officials may consider the public sharing of additional details as traumatic and detrimental to the child's rehabilitation. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville shooting: Here's what could happen next for the suspect," 18 June 2018 Harkins also brings out Humphrey's sheer decency, a trait that is too often detrimental in Washington politics. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'All the Way' a brilliant political drama from Southern Rep," 29 May 2018 There have been no public discussions about moving to that level, which could be detrimental to mountain communities reliant on summer recreation and tourism. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Strict Arizona fire limits in place sooner than usual as wildfire season arrives," 1 May 2018 Jason Kint, chief executive of Digital Content Next, a trade organization that represents online publishers, said Facebook’s measurement practices have been detrimental to the digital advertising marketplace. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a Year," 16 Oct. 2018 To my mind, this person said that Trump is detrimental to the United States. Fox News, "President Trump attacks New York Times for anonymous op-ed," 7 Sep. 2018

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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

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The first known use of detrimental was in 1590

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detrimental

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English Language Learners Definition of detrimental

: 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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