- 1 [no object] (detract from) Reduce or take away the worth or value of: these quibbles in no way detract from her achievementMore example sentences
- As a result, the case is being made that money spent to minimise risk does not detract from shareholder value, but protects it.
- Choose a design that fits in with the style and scale of your home, otherwise you could detract from its value and end up living in a fortress.
- There are not many places where you can get into conversation about how to detract from the value of the local housing.
- 1.1 [with object] Deny or take away (a quality or achievement) so as to make its subject seem less impressive: it detracts not one iota from the credit due to themMore example sentences
- The fact Colin never won Olympic gold does not detract one bit from his achievements.
- We have had to display a lot more than our own hand-made goods, which does detract a bit from our crafting origins, but we are determined to make a go of it.
- Far from having the character of final coda, the added six months would, if he got them, be anticlimactic, detracting a bit from the beauty of his life as a whole.
- 2 [with object] (detract someone/something from) Divert or distract (someone or something) away from: the complaint was timed to detract attention from the ethics issueMore example sentences
- The allegations would have detracted me from my election campaign.
- Sets and costumes are simple yet adequate but this should not detract you from acquiring this competitively priced package that offers an outstanding performance.
- But these should not detract us from enjoying a book that, even if at times quite demanding, will enhance our understanding of numbers and make us appreciate their history.
- More example sentences
- When I buy Frank magazine and pass it around, I am doing evil for I am sharing in the sin of detraction and calumny.
- These small detractions don't stop Raimi's film from being a superlative movie, a rare sequel that betters its predecessor, a rare blockbuster that has an emotional heart.
- Although the executive committee said that all these entries had good points, they felt that each had enough detractions to deny them the award.
- More example sentences
- Obloquy means roughly ‘travesty,’ ‘abusively detractive language,’ or ‘a gross distortion and cheapening of a widely-held doctrine or faith.’
- This Miniature Third Reich Battle Flag is made of lithographed metal and is in un-issued condition with some minor storage wear on each example that is not detractive.
- I'm not 100% sure that the graphics were needed, but it certainly isn't detractive.
late Middle English: from Latin detract- 'drawn away', from the verb detrahere, from de- 'away from' + trahere 'draw'.