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 led to another fine for conduct detrimental that ESPN reported was for more than $215,000. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ officials remain mum on Antonio Brown’s release," 9 Sep. 2019 However, Brown was fined $215,000 for conduct detrimental to the team for the confrontation with Mayock, and that voided the $29.125 million of guaranteed money in his pact. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots sign Antonio Brown," 7 Sep. 2019 Conservationists say a wall — and its construction— would be detrimental to wildlife habitat and would block the migration of animals such as bighorn sheep and wolves. Washington Post, "Work on more border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico," 23 Aug. 2019 There are loads of ignorance around Native people, in general and a lot of it is annoying in a way that is detrimental to identity. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Molly of Denali brings representation of Alaskan Natives to the mainstream," 19 July 2019 Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday that the European Commission is scrutinizing the two-month-old Libra project and the group backing it amid concern the currency will be detrimental to competition. Washington Post, "Facebook Finally Meets a Regulator With Bite," 18 Sep. 2019 The opponents of the shelter argued that the new homeless shelter was detrimental to the public safety and last month filed a lawsuit claiming the shelter will also negatively impact the environment, the Guardian reported. Fox News, "Affluent liberals in Washington suburb resort to 'racial, economic stereotypes' to protest affordable housing proposal," 6 Aug. 2019 As his former attorney, Gallagher says, Vokey is obligated not to act in any way detrimental to the outcome of the criminal case in which Vokey represented him. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL acquitted of war crimes files lawsuit against ex-lawyers and military legal nonprofit," 13 Sep. 2019 So mutations that otherwise would have been either neutral or even detrimental actually had a positive fitness effect. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Wolves Gave Tibetan Mastiffs Their Mountaineering Genes," 9 Sep. 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

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of detrimental was in 1590

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detrimental

adjective
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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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