loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
a cause of loss or damage.

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētrīmentum loss, damage, equivalent to dētrī- (see detritus) + -mentum -ment

1. See damage. Unabridged
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detriment (ˈdɛtrɪmənt)
1.  disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
2.  a cause of disadvantage or damage
[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 & History

c.1440, from L. detrimentum, from detri-, stem of detere "wear away," from de- "away" + terere "to rub, wear" (see throw). Metaphoric sense of "impair" was present in classical L.
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Example sentences
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.
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