causing detriment, as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.
a detrimental person or thing.
- det·ri·men·tal·i·ty, det·ri·men·tal·ness, noun
- det·ri·men·tal·ly, adverb
- non·det·ri·men·tal, adjective
- non·det·ri·men·tal·ly, adverb
- pre·det·ri·men·tal, adjective
- un·det·ri·men·tal, adjective
- un·det·ri·men·tal·ly, adverb
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How to use detrimental in a sentence
Sometimes they are detrimental to the virus, and that lineage will quickly die off.Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do | Caroline Chen | February 6, 2021 | ProPublica
Ultimately those services proved detrimental to restaurants, even those that never signed on for their services in the first place.What if Every Independent Pizzeria Was Just Part of One Big Fake Chain? | Jaya Saxena | February 3, 2021 | Eater
There’s been consistent coverage of their detrimental impact on workers ever since the phrase “gig economy” was first uttered, but the pandemic has increased the public’s awareness of exactly how they harm the restaurant industry.
This was despite such flying being so detrimental to mental and physical wellbeing, let alone productivity given total door-to-door time wasted and even jet lag, he said.‘Flying isn’t all that necessary’: Grounded business execs express relief at suspension of non-stop travel | Jessica Davies | January 12, 2021 | Digiday
Procurement shouldn’t be a bad thing for senior marketers and subsequently agencies but there’s no doubt it can have a detrimental impact on some pitches.‘Marketers talk a good game’: Confessions of a senior agency exec on being paid fairly | Seb Joseph | January 6, 2021 | Digiday
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother | Justin Jones | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Well, that is very beneficial to the spouse who has a new job in LA, but detrimental to the one who left a job in New York.
Fonda was always willing to speak out even when it might be detrimental to her career.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever | Nico Hines | August 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, for that reason alone, they can be more detrimental to others.All You Need to Be a Modern Digital Stalker Is a Smartphone | Tauriq Moosa | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The company batted off concerns over rising prices and the detrimental effects on competition and consumer choice.Comcast Coasts Through First Senate Hearing Into $45.2 Billion Merger With Time-Warner Cable | Lloyd Grove | April 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a good-looking young bachelor, though a detrimental, he had been very popular.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
According to this comparison, we have a right to reject it, if we find it detrimental to the welfare of mankind.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
I suggested that it might be possible to get a secure twenty thousand a year by at least detrimental methods—socially speaking.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
What we may do to correct, insure or perfect our healthy tissues will have a detrimental effect upon some other part of our body.Tyranny of God | Joseph Lewis
All their effect on him was detrimental: they turned him black.A Boswell of Baghdad | E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for detrimental
(when postpositive, foll by to) harmful; injurious; prejudicial: smoking can be detrimental to health
- detrimentally, adverb
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