Detriment meaning

dĕtrə-mənt
The definition of a detriment is something that can cause damage, injury or harm.

An example of a detriment to your health is not eating healthy foods.

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Damage, harm, or loss.

Took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career.

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Something that causes damage, harm, or loss.

Smoking is a detriment to good health.

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Damage; injury; harm.
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Anything that causes damage or injury.
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Origin of detriment

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin dētrīmentum from dētrītus past participle of dēterere to lessen, wear down dē- de- terere to rub terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French detriement, from Latin detrimentum (“loss, damage, literally a rubbing off”), from deterere (“to rub off, wear”), from de- (“down, away”) + terere (“to rub”).

    From Wiktionary