- 1The state of being harmed or damaged: he is engrossed in his work to the detriment of his married lifeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A cause of harm or damage: such tests are a detriment to good educationMore example sentences
- 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'.