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detriment

[de-truh-muh nt] /ˈdɛ trə mənt/
noun
1.
loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
2.
a cause of loss or damage.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētrīmentum loss, damage, equivalent to dētrī- (see detritus) + -mentum -ment
Synonyms
1. See damage.
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  • Psychologists have nicely described the detriments of confirmation bias in the last few decades.
  • When the benefits for the mice continued without any noticeable detriments, he was sold.
  • Extent and permanence of benefits and detriments on public and private uses.
  • He will continue to act to maximize the benefits to our citizens and to minimize detriments.
  • All of these are proven technologies with various performance and economic benefits and detriments.
  • Risk management professionals differ on the liability benefits and/or detriments of this training.
British Dictionary definitions for detriments

detriment

/ˈdɛtrɪmənt/
noun
1.
disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
2.
a cause of disadvantage or damage
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dētrīmentum, a rubbing off, hence damage, from dēterere to rub away, from de- + terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for detriments

detriment

n.

early 15c., from Middle French détriment or directly from Latin detrimentum "a rubbing off; a loss, damage, defeat," from past participle stem of detere "to wear away," figuratively "to weaken, impair," from de- "away" (see de-) + terere "to rub, wear" (see throw (v.)).

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