(comparative more detractive, superlative most detractive)
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detract +"Ž -ive?
Variant of detraction
- a taking away; detracting
- a malicious discrediting of someone's character, accomplishments, etc., as by revealing hidden faults or by slander
Origin of detractionMiddle English detraccioun