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detrimental

[ de-truh-men-tl ]
/ ˌdɛ trəˈmɛn tl /
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adjective

causing detriment, as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.

noun

a detrimental person or thing.

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Origin of detrimental

First recorded in 1650–60; detriment + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for detrimental

detrimental
/ (ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntəl) /

adjective

(when postpositive, foll by to) harmful; injurious; prejudicialsmoking can be detrimental to health

Derived forms of detrimental

detrimentally, adverb
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