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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


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