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detrimental

[de-truh-men-tl] /ˌdɛ trəˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
causing detriment, as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.
noun
2.
a detrimental person or thing.
Origin of detrimental
1650-1660
1650-60; detriment + -al1
Related forms
detrimentality, detrimentalness, noun
detrimentally, adverb
nondetrimental, adjective
nondetrimentally, adverb
predetrimental, adjective
undetrimental, adjective
undetrimentally, adverb
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detrimental

/ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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

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