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From Medieval Latin *dētrīmentālis, from Latin dētrīmentum (“harm”), from dēterō (“to rub off, wear”), from dē- (“down, away”) + terō (“to rub or grab”).
detrimental (comparative more detrimental, superlative most detrimental)
- Causing damage or harm.
- Synonyms: harmful, damaging, injurious; see also Thesaurus:harmful
- Antonym: beneficial
- Smoking tobacco can be detrimental to your health.
- 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “(please specify the page)”, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], published 1842, →OCLC, pages 142–143:
- "The fact is," continued he, "Lady Anne fears that my visits here may prove detrimental to what she considers your best interests. I thought myself an old, safe friend; but, as that cannot be explained to every body, she fears that I may keep off other and more eligible lovers."
causing damage or harm
- detrimental in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- detrimental in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
detrimental (plural detrimentales)
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