Definition of detrimental in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdetrəˈmen(t)l/


Tending to cause harm: releasing the documents would be detrimental to national security moving her could have a detrimental effect on her health
More example sentences
  • I am firmly of the opinion that we should live and let live as long as what we are doing is not detrimental and hurtful to others.
  • I am satisfied that publication of the report would be deeply damaging and detrimental to their welfare.
  • The book sheds light on acts of corruption that are detrimental to the development of Zambia.
harmful, damaging, injurious, hurtful, inimical, deleterious, destructive, ruinous, disastrous, bad, malign, adverse, undesirable, unfavorable, unfortunate;
unhealthy, unwholesome



Pronunciation: /ˌdetrəˈmen(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • Reductions in bed numbers may mean that it is more likely that patients will be transferred outside of the area, which may, in turn, cost more and may detrimentally affect their treatment.
  • Any beneficial acclimatization effect was detrimentally offset by the inability to train at high intensity due to the lack of oxygen.
  • He says he is ‘outraged’ at the action that detrimentally affects the 1.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.

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Syllabification: det·ri·men·tal

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