Definition of detrimental in English:



  • Tending to cause harm.

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