Definition of detrimental in US English:



  • Tending to cause harm.

    ‘moving her could have a detrimental effect on her health’
    ‘releasing the documents would be detrimental to national security’
    • ‘And if it would be detrimental, the council will consider postponing the closure of the home.’
    • ‘The dehumanisation of women is not only detrimental to women but to men also.’
    • ‘His only real fault was that his work ethic was so high and he worked so hard, that it could eventually have been detrimental.’
    • ‘He does not accept the fashionable concept that working to the exclusion of all other aspects of life is detrimental.’
    • ‘In the event, that did not occur, partly due to the detrimental effect it may have had on peace talks.’
    • ‘It is detrimental to the area and could prove to be dangerous for our children.’
    • ‘The use of concrete in areas of public utility is unnecessary, and in fact, detrimental.’
    • ‘Anything seen outside of the stereotypes is seen as detrimental and won't get a chance.’
    • ‘Human population growth on our planet is certainly detrimental to the environment.’
    • ‘Too much emphasis on pleasing the judges is detrimental to the music, he feels.’
    • ‘The book sheds light on acts of corruption that are detrimental to the development of Zambia.’
    • ‘The one growth area under this current government is on law and legislation but with detrimental effect on humans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This experiential gap is, I find, dangerous and detrimental to the sort of work that I want to do.’
    • ‘I was determined not to cave in passively, as that would have been detrimental to both them and me.’
    • ‘Whether or not this would have a detrimental effect on the tourists in the long run is a matter of conjecture.’
    • ‘In contrast, unsaturated fats don't have the same detrimental effect on cholesterol levels.’
    • ‘There are, however, extensive objections and evidence that it would be detrimental to the local area.’
    • ‘A bowler breaking down too often is not only a problem for the team but also detrimental to his own career.’
    harmful, damaging, injurious, hurtful, inimical, deleterious, dangerous, destructive, ruinous, calamitous, disastrous, pernicious, environmentally unfriendly, ill, bad, evil, baleful, malign, corrupting, malignant, adverse, undesirable, prejudicial, unfavourable, unfortunate, counterproductive
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