- causing detriment, as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.
- a detrimental person or thing.
Origin of detrimental
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Examples from the Web for detrimentally
Not a man but knew that the losses in defence had been detrimentally disproportionate.The Triumph of John Kars
- (when postpositive, foll by to) harmful; injurious; prejudicialsmoking can be detrimental to health
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Word Origin and History for detrimentally
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