Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.


1. The act of detracting or taking away.
2. A derogatory or damaging comment on a person's character or reputation; disparagement: The candidate responded sharply to the long list of detractions concocted by his opponent.

de·trac′tive adj.
de·trac′tive·ly adv.


(dɪˈtræk tɪv)

also de•trac•to•ry

(-tə ri)

tending or seeking to detract.
[1480–90; < Middle French]
de•trac′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.detractive - causing to decrease in importance or value; "detractive influences on the volume of investment"
decreasing - becoming less or smaller


References in periodicals archive ?
The head of the ruling National Congress Party's (NCP) parliamentary bloc, Ghazi Salah Al-Din Al-Atabani, described the UNSC resolution as malicious and detractive of Sudan's rights.
151) The theory focuses on how imitation stimulates the production of goods while ignoring the detractive effect imitation has on a designer's profit.
Other state policies which can be attractive or detractive for FDI include regulations of business environment indicating the level of bureaucracy in the country.