Detrimental meaning

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The definition of detrimental is something that is harmful.

An example of detrimental is smoking cigarettes.

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Causing damage or harm; injurious.
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Causing detriment; harmful.
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Causing damage or harm.

Smoking tobacco can be detrimental to your health.

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Origin of detrimental

  • 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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