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detrimental

[de-truh-men-tl]
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adjective
  1. causing detriment, as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.
noun
  1. a detrimental person or thing.

Origin of detrimental

First recorded in 1650–60; detriment + -al1
Related formsdet·ri·men·tal·i·ty, det·ri·men·tal·ness, noundet·ri·men·tal·ly, adverbnon·det·ri·men·tal, adjectivenon·det·ri·men·tal·ly, adverbpre·det·ri·men·tal, adjectiveun·det·ri·men·tal, adjectiveun·det·ri·men·tal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for detrimentally

Historical Examples

  • Not a man but knew that the losses in defence had been detrimentally disproportionate.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for detrimentally

detrimental

adjective
  1. (when postpositive, foll by to) harmful; injurious; prejudicialsmoking can be detrimental to health
Derived Formsdetrimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for detrimentally

detrimental

adj.

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

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