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 That's also true of 1917, so Sam Mendes' film being snubbed for editing might not be detrimental to its Best Picture chances. TheWeek, "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," 13 Jan. 2020 Even a slight drop in support among these voters could be detrimental to the president's reelection hopes, particularly in swing states. Author: Josh Dawsey, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lashes out at evangelical magazine that supports his impeachment," 21 Dec. 2019 The denial of patient symptoms by doctors and medical staff is not a new practice but is very detrimental to clinical care. Abraar Karan, BostonGlobe.com, "The clinical value in listening," 9 Aug. 2019 The immaterial experiences were very detrimental to the development of strong racial politics, my confidence and having a global perspective on the world. Joshua Burrell, baltimoresun.com, "Joshua Burrell: Growing up black in Columbia," 1 Aug. 2019 Fast fashion is very detrimental to the environment — to the people involved. Jihane Hajby, Allure, "Blue Meets Blue: The Brand Merging Ethical Fashion and Refugee Artisans," 6 Mar. 2018 Parts of that weren’t necessarily detrimental, however. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals laid down a foundation for the future for better or worse," 30 Dec. 2019 Golden State Warriors The value of in-game experience is obvious, but Kerr realizes that too much too soon can be detrimental for an NBA rookie. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "‘That’s the scary thing’: Warriors prepare for their next obstacle — the rookie wall," 6 Dec. 2019 Though some Democratic strategists worry that a grassroots-dominant approach could be detrimental going into the general election, Warren is sticking with it, spending a lot of time in retail politics, taking time to meet voters. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren raises $24.6 million in third quarter," 4 Oct. 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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The first known use of detrimental was in 1590

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8 Feb 2020

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“Detrimental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detrimental?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=detrim02. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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