- 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 detrimental
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.Is Alimony Anti-Feminist?
August 25, 2014
Fonda was always willing to speak out even when it might be detrimental to her career.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever
August 19, 2014
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
April 9, 2014
Any draconian shift on climate change policies would be most detrimental to the energy sector Sunbelt states.Forget What the Pundits Tell You, Coastal Cities are Old News - it’s the Sunbelt that’s Booming
March 1, 2014
New research reveals that proteins in wheat may be detrimental to all humans.Wheat Threatens All Humans, New Research Shows
David Perlmutter, MD
December 10, 2013
The army and navy also exert a detrimental action on sexual life.The Sexual Question
That brings about a confusion and a disorder which must be detrimental.Psychotherapy
All their effect on him was detrimental: they turned him black.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
The chemical action of the sun's rays is detrimental to combustion.
No material advantage can be regarded with favor that is detrimental to the characters of men.Usury
- (when postpositive, foll by to) harmful; injurious; prejudicialsmoking can be detrimental to health
Word Origin and History for detrimental
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