Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Causing damage or harm; injurious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Injurious; hurtful; causing harm or damage.
  • Synonyms Prejudicial, disadvantageous, mischievous, pernicious.
  • noun See the extract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Causing detriment; injurious; hurtful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Causing damage or harm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury

Etymologies

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From Medieval Latin *detrimentalis, from Latin detrimentum ("harm"), from deterere ("to rub off, wear"), from de- ("down, away") + terere ("to rub or grab").

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  • "Deal With It!" Author:Paula White pg.49

    Trust God to help you recognize when a relationship is becoming detrimental to your business, your ministry, or the health of your family life.

    November 1, 2010