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
Also known as CFIUS, the organization has the ability to block acquisitions it deems detrimental to national security.
For anyone, two years of confinement and zero in-person visits from friends and family can be detrimental, and yet, Mambetov was eventually able to pick up where she left off in 2016.
This is because having too many 404s can prove to be detrimental to your user’s experience.
Facebook defines “prevalence” as the frequency with which detrimental material is actually viewed by a platform’s users.Why the most controversial US internet law is worth saving | Amy Nordrum | September 9, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
It’s only been a year, we don’t yet know whether these treatments may have some sort of detrimental effect in the longer term, and the treatment itself can still be improved.A Year After Gene Therapy, Boys With Muscular Dystrophy Are Healthier and Stronger | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | July 30, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Nevertheless, even so, it is a mischievous confusion of thought which must act detrimentally upon conduct.Life's Basis and Life's Ideal | Rudolf Eucken
The poor woman's physical sufferings had without doubt reacted detrimentally on her temperament and temper.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
Not a man but knew that the losses in defence had been detrimentally disproportionate.The Triumph of John Kars | Ridgwell Cullum
This superfluous air only acts detrimentally, by cooling the flame.
The want of priests, too, throughout the country, operated very detrimentally upon the people.
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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