detractory

detractive

[dih-trak-tiv]
adjective
tending or seeking to detract.
Also, detractory [dih-trak-tuh-ree] .


Origin:
1480–90; < Middle French detractif. See detract, -ive

detractively, adverb
detractiveness, noun
nondetractive, adjective
nondetractively, adverb
nondetractory, adjective
undetractive, adjective
undetractively, adverb
undetractory, adjective
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detract (dɪˈtrækt)
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by from)
1.  to take away a part (of); diminish: her anger detracts from her beauty
2.  (tr) to distract or divert
3.  obsolete (tr) to belittle or disparage
 
[C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag]
 
usage  Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention
 
de'tractingly
 
adv
 
de'tractive
 
adj
 
de'tractory
 
adj
 
de'tractively
 
adv
 
de'tractor
 
n

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