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- adj. Calculated to do disservice or harm; not serviceable; injurious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Calculated to do disservice or harm; not serviceable; injurious; harmful; unserviceable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of no service or advantage; hence, unhelpful; hurtful; detrimental.
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I presume a marriage33 which is contracted with some great family, superior in wealth and influence, bears away the palm, since it confers upon the bridegroom not pleasure only but distinction. 34 Next comes the marriage made with equals; and last, wedlock with inferiors, which is apt to be regarded as degrading and disserviceable.
But sloth and formality herein is a sign of a thriftless state in the inner man: and all inventions of such formality are disserviceable unto the interest of grace.
Wherefore, to carry it out of the understandings of ordinary Christians, by speculative notions and distinctions, is disserviceable unto the faith of the church; yea, the mixing of evangelical revelations with philosophical notions has been, in sundry ages, the poison of religion.
If the acquisition of bad, that is, disserviceable habits, is disastrous to the individual, it is in some respects even worse in the group.
We neither condemn nor praise the past as a whole; we regard specific institutions, customs, or ideas, as adequate or inadequate, as serviceable or disserviceable.
Habits, and emotion; and instincts; disserviceable; education a deliberate acquisition of; formation of, influence of on thinking; modification of by reflection; of mind; specific not general; transference of.
For where alert and conscious criticism of existing folkways is habitual among all the members of a society, that society is saved from subjection through inertia to disserviceable habits.
To allow anywhere a disserviceable condition, when I could make it serviceable?
Stromboli Smith OVATION, n. n ancient Rome, a definite, formal pageant in honor of one who had been disserviceable to the enemies of the nation.
Apart from the question of how far war can now settle any fundamental issues without begetting others as dangerous, China of all countries is the one where settlement by force, especially by outside force, is least applicable, and most likely to be enormously disserviceable.
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