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- (usually with to) Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting
- Synonym: injurious
- 1768, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England
- Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II
- [H]is language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their order.
- 2018, Ben Rothenberg in The New York Times
- Billie Jean King said Friday that the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena should have its name changed because of Court's derogatory comments about gay and transgender people.
- (law, of a clause in a testament) Being or pertaining to a derogatory clause.
tending to lessen in value
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derogatory (plural derogatories)
- A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.