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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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

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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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Lawrence has been a solid role model for Charlton in their short time together, however, it could be viewed as somewhat detrimental to his growth. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "'Stronger, faster' Taco Charlton definitely expects more sacks in Year 2," 1 June 2018 Growing up in the wild is dangerous, but removing animals from their parents can be equally as detrimental to their survival. Guest Columnist/cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Does baby wildlife need our help?: Amy LeMonds," 25 Mar. 2018 Vehicle tires could shed their image as detrimental to the environment if Goodyear gets its way. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "A tire with living moss? Goodyear reveals Oxygene concept at Geneva Motor Show," 6 Mar. 2018 This could be seriously detrimental to the mental health of the kids and parents involved. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Impactful Ways to Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border," 13 July 2018 Pineault also criticized the inclusion of a letter from a psychiatrist that the man filed to support his claims that revealing his name would be detrimental. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawyers for Rosenberg, Hefner say releasing accuser’s name would level ‘playing field’," 12 July 2018 McLaughlin told the publication that she's heard from both male and female professors who felt the rating was detrimental. Joel Shannon, ajc, "RateMyProfessors.com drops 'chili pepper' rating after social media backlash," 12 July 2018 And when used to drive policy, such rhetoric can generate support for policies that are at best distracting and at worst detrimental. Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, "The Problem With Generalizing About ‘America’s Schools’," 5 July 2018 In the end, the loss of union money may be less detrimental to Democrats and progressive causes than the loss of union members. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Supreme Court Labor Decision Wasn’t Just a Loss for Unions," 1 July 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

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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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