from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Damage, harm, or loss: took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career. See Synonyms at disadvantage.
- n. Something that causes damage, harm, or loss: Smoking is now considered a detriment to good health.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Harm, hurt, damage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which injures or causes damage; mischief; harm; diminution; loss; damage; -- used very generically
- n. A charge made to students and barristers for incidental repairs of the rooms they occupy.
- transitive v. To do injury to; to hurt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any kind of harm or injury, as loss, damage, hurt, injustice, deterioration, diminution, hindrance, etc., considered with specific reference, expressed or implied, both to its subject and to its cause: as, the cause of religion suffers great detriment from the faults of its professors; let the property suffer no detriment at your hands; the consuls must see that the republic receives no detriment; the detriment it has suffered is past remedy.
- n. That which causes harm or injury; anything that is detrimental: as, his generosity is a great detriment to his prosperity.
- n. In England, a charge made upon barristers and students for repair of damages in the rooms they occupy; a charge for wear and tear of table-linen, etc.
- n. In astrol., the sign opposite the house of any planet: as, Mars in Libra is in his detriment; the detriment of the sun is Aquarius, because it is opposite to Leo. It is a sign of weakness, distress, etc.
- n. In heraldry:
- To injure; do harm to; hurt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a damage or loss
Just to belabor the point a bit, the word "detriment" comes from the Latin de - "away" + terere "to rub, wear," and has the connotation of impair or injure.
For starters, we can accept, without cynicism, that the poor, like you and I, are irrational economic actors who sometimes make short-term decisions to their long-term detriment.
The tipping point, as will be to our serious detriment, is Israeli intervention in Iran, and that is coming soon.
"Such a diversion of assets would have the effect of mortgaging the future of the franchise to the long-term detriment of the club and its fans," Mr. Selig said in a statement.
The only glaring detriment is how Johnny inexplicably delays questioning his true love about her obvious age progression.
Beyond the immediate harm that's considerable, the West Bank's geographical division causes severe long-term detriment to the entire Palestinian fabric of life - affecting their economic, political and social welfare.
They lowballed the replacement option (costs haven't been updated and analyzed) in detriment to the repair option and still the repair option was cheaper.
These people, Ryan argues, value winning far over the health and happiness of the girls they parent or train, to the long-term detriment of those girls.
In the big cities south of the Border there have been occasions where police forces, to their long-term detriment, have let incipient gang warfare spiral out of control.
Any short-term detriment will be overwhelmed by the long-term utility of a station at Woolwich.