detrimental


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det·ri·men·tal

 (dĕt′rə-mĕn′tl)
adj.
Causing damage or harm; injurious.

det′ri·men′tal·ly adv.

detrimental

(ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntəl)
adj
(when: postpositive, foll by to) harmful; injurious; prejudicial: smoking can be detrimental to health.
ˌdetriˈmentally adv

det•ri•men•tal

(ˌdɛ trəˈmɛn tl)

adj.
1. damaging; harmful.
n.
2. a detrimental person or thing.
[1650–60]
det`ri•men′tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.detrimental - (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury; "damaging to career and reputation"; "the reporter's coverage resulted in prejudicial publicity for the defendant"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"

detrimental

detrimental

adjective
Causing harm or injury:
Translations
مُضِرٌّ، مُسيءٌ
škodlivýv neprospěch
skadelig
détrimentairenuisible
skaîlegur

detrimental

[ˌdetrɪˈmentl] ADJperjudicial (to para)

detrimental

[ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntəl] adj [effect] → préjudiciable
to have a detrimental effect on sb/sth → avoir un effet préjudiciable sur qn/qch
detrimental to → préjudiciable à, nuisible à

detrimental

adj (to health, reputation) → schädlich (→ to dat); effectnachteilig, schädlich (to für); influenceschädlich; (to case, cause, one’s interest) → abträglich (→ to dat); to be detrimental to somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache (dat)schaden; this could have a detrimental effectdas könnte sich nachteilig auswirken

detrimental

[ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntl] adj detrimental (to)dannoso/a (a), nocivo/a (a)
to be detrimental to sth → pregiudicare qc

detriment

(ˈdetrimənt) noun
harm, damage or disadvantage. to the detriment of his health.
ˌdetriˈmental (-ˈmen-) adjective
causing harm or damage.

detrimental

a. perjudicial, nocivo-a.
References in classic literature ?
I believe you will accept the post I offer you," said he, "and hold it for a while: not permanently, though: any more than I could permanently keep the narrow and narrowing--the tranquil, hidden office of English country incumbent; for in your nature is an alloy as detrimental to repose as that in mine, though of a different kind.
I wondered how many other clerks there were up-stairs, and whether they all claimed to have the same detrimental mastery of their fellow-creatures.
Without supposing the personal essentiality of the man, it is evident that a change of the chief magistrate, at the breaking out of a war, or at any similar crisis, for another, even of equal merit, would at all times be detrimental to the community, inasmuch as it would substitute inexperience to experience, and would tend to unhinge and set afloat the already settled train of the administration.
I shall excuse you nothing on the plea of being my brother; if I find you stupid, negligent, dissipated, idle, or possessed of any faults detrimental to the interests of the house, I shall dismiss you as I would any other clerk.
In short, to any one in her position, a scandal would be most detrimental.
Still, the competition of two rival companies west of the Rocky Mountains could not but prove detrimental to both, and fraught with those evils, both to the trade and to the Indians, that had attended similar rivalries in the Canadas.
Its waxen drippings (which, in weather so warm, it was quite impossible to prevent) would have been seriously detrimental to the rich dresses of the guests, who, on account of the crowded state of the saloon, could not all be expected to keep from out its centre; that is to say, from under the chandelier.
But should they have such children as some persons usually have, it will be very detrimental.
The countess was accustomed to this tone as a precursor of news of something detrimental to the children's interests, such as the building of a new gallery or conservatory, the inauguration of a private theater or an orchestra.
Chichely, whose study of the fair sex seemed to have been detrimental to his theology.
More detrimental, no doubt, aside from the actual faults which we have mentioned, will be his rather extravagant Romanticism--the vehemence of his passion and his insistence on the supreme value of emotion.
She did not answer me for a time, and as I waited I thought that there's nothing like a confession to make one look mad; and that of all confessions a written one is the most detrimental all round.