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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Adjective

detrimentally \ ˌde-​trə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce detrimental (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 This possible shift worries the high-school English teacher Abigail Walthausen, who thinks that the expansiveness and information overload of e-readers could be detrimental to students’ learning and focus. Tori Latham, The Atlantic, 1 Oct. 2021 Too much trust in investors can result in an off-market round that is both detrimental to founders and sends a negative signal to prospective investors in subsequent rounds. Chris Smith, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Rosendorff’s testimony could be detrimental to Holmes’s defense. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Rosendorff’s testimony could be detrimental to Holmes’s defense. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2021 If perpetuated, the FDA’s inflexibility will be detrimental to Barth syndrome patients and could potentially strip them of the opportunity to access a treatment that may lead to meaningful improvements in their lives. Emily Milligan, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 Roy got stuck in a pattern that was detrimental to his relationship, recognized it, and changed his behavior. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 On the other hand, losing Kevin Gausman or Buster Posey — the battery in Friday night’s 6-5 loss to the Braves — for a significant stretch could be detrimental to a team with late-October aspirations because each is virtually irreplaceable. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 Some say losing employees to prison during a national labor shortage would not only be detrimental to their business, but would also keep their companies from growing. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detrimental. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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