Definition of detriment in English:


Line breaks: det¦ri|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛtrɪm(ə)nt


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of being harmed or damaged: he is engrossed in his work to the detriment of his married life light industry can be carried out in a residential area without detriment to its amenities
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    • Our real task is to maintain this position of disparity without detriment to our national security.
    • This must represent the child's presumed will and may be revoked at any time without detriment to the child.
    • The one person is there in whom God and man are one, without detriment to one or the other.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A cause of harm or damage: such tests are a detriment to good education
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    • Studies - from the American Medical Journal to the University of New South Wales - have told us that there are significant physical health detriments to the individual from prolonged use of marijuana.
    • But these are the detriments of attracting foreign investment.
    • Nostalgia for a bygone era is understandable, especially if the benefits of subsequent positive changes are overlooked and any new detriments emphasised.


late Middle English in the sense 'loss sustained by damage': from Old French, from Latin detrimentum, from detri-, stem of deterere 'wear away'.

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