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[de-truh-men-tl] /ˌdɛ trəˈmɛn tl/
causing detriment, as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.
a detrimental person or thing.
Origin of detrimental
1650-60; detriment + -al1
Related forms
detrimentality, detrimentalness, noun
detrimentally, adverb
nondetrimental, adjective
nondetrimentally, adverb
predetrimental, adjective
undetrimental, adjective
undetrimentally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for detrimental
  • There is no evidence that eating microwaved foods is detrimental to humans or animals.
  • Pirated software has a detrimental effect on the economy as well.
  • But that does not mean we go for the path of least resistance, which is detrimental to the greatest good of the greatest number.
  • Studies have shown that diets rich in animal proteins can be detrimental to our health.
  • The military can prohibit photographs it deems detrimental to national security.
  • Anything that interferes with the availability of food, or the quality of the food, is going to be detrimental to the bees.
  • It could turn around and backfire and be detrimental.
  • If you disappear too long between your first and second record, it can be detrimental to your long-term career.
  • Besides its toll on employees, fear of flying is detrimental to employers.
  • We've reached a point where it's detrimental to view technology as separate from political and cultural agendas.
British Dictionary definitions for detrimental


when postpositive, foll by to. harmful; injurious; prejudicial: smoking can be detrimental to health
Derived Forms
detrimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for detrimental

1650s; see detriment + -al (1). Related: Detrimentally.

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