ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n
Something that is detrimental to something else has a harmful or damaging effect on it.

Many foods are suspected of being detrimental to health because of the chemicals and additives they contain...

The government's policy of high interest rates is having a detrimental effect on industry.

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  • detrimental — I adjective adverse, afflicting, bad, corrupting, crippling, damaging, deleterious, destructive, disadvantageous, disastrous, discommodious, distressing, disturbing, dreadful, extirpative, fulsome, grievous, harmful, hindering, hurtful, ill… …   Law dictionary

  • Detrimental — Det ri*men tal, a. Causing detriment; injurious; hurtful. [1913 Webster] Neither dangerous nor detrimental to the donor. Addison. Syn: Injurious; hurtful; prejudicial; disadvantageous; mischievous; pernicious. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detrimental — 1650s; see DETRIMENT (Cf. detriment) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Detrimentally …   Etymology dictionary

  • detrimental — deleterious, noxious, *pernicious, baneful Analogous words: harming or harmful, hurting or hurtful, injuring or injurious, damaging, impairing (see corresponding verbs at INJURE) Antonyms: beneficial Contrasted words: advantageous, profitable… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • detrimental — [adj] damaging, disadvantageous adverse, bad, baleful, deleterious, destructive, disturbing, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, inimical, injurious, mischievous, negative, nocuous, pernicious, prejudicial, unfavorable; concepts 537,570 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • detrimental — [de΄trə ment′ l] adj. [see DETRIMENT] causing detriment; harmful SYN. PERNICIOUS detrimentally adv …   English World dictionary

  • detrimental — adj. detrimental to (smoking is detrimental to health) * * * [ˌdetrɪ mentl] detrimental to (smoking is detrimental to health) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • detrimental — det|ri|men|tal [ˌdetrıˈmentl] adj formal causing harm or damage = ↑damaging detrimental to ▪ Smoking is detrimental to your health. ▪ the detrimental effect of pollution on the environment >detrimentally adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • detrimental — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …   Collocations dictionary

  • detrimental — I. adjective Date: 1590 obviously harmful ; damaging < the detrimental effects of pollution > Synonyms: see pernicious • detrimentally adverb II. noun Date: 1831 an undesirable or harmful person or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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