[ de-truh-men-tl ]
/ ˌdɛ trəˈmɛn tl /


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


a detrimental person or thing.


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Origin of detrimental

First recorded in 1650–60; detriment + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM detrimental Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for detrimental

/ (ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntəl) /


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

Derived forms of detrimental

detrimentally, adverb
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