detrimental

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From Medieval Latin *detrimentalis, from Latin detrimentum ‎(harm), from deterere ‎(to rub off, wear), from de- ‎(down, away) + terere ‎(to rub or grab).

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  • IPA(key): [ˌdɛtɹɪˈmɛntəɫ]

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detrimental ‎(comparative more detrimental, superlative most detrimental)

  1. Causing damage or harm.
    Smoking tobacco can be detrimental to your health.

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