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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.
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also de•trac•to•ry(-tə ri)
tending or seeking to detract.
[1480–90; < Middle French]
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|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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1. Tending or intending to belittle:
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