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harmful

[hahrm-fuh l] /ˈhɑrm fəl/
adjective
1.
causing or capable of causing harm; injurious:
a harmful idea; a harmful habit.
Origin of harmful
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hearmful. See harm, -ful
Related forms
harmfully, adverb
harmfulness, noun
quasi-harmful, adjective
quasi-harmfully, adverb
unharmful, adjective
unharmfully, adverb
Synonyms
hurtful, detrimental, damaging, deleterious.
Antonyms
beneficial.
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harmful

/ˈhɑːmfʊl/
adjective
1.
causing or tending to cause harm; injurious
Derived Forms
harmfully, adverb
harmfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for harmful
adj.

mid-14c., from harm (n.) + -ful. Related: Harmfully.

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