Origin of detrimentalsee detriment
Smoking is detrimental to your health.
An example of detrimental is smoking cigarettes.
(comparative more detrimental, superlative most detrimental)
From Medieval Latin *detrimentalis, from Latin detrimentum (“harm”), from deterere (“to rub off, wear”), from de- (“down, away”) + terere (“to rub or grab”).
- It will have detrimental effects on the healing process.
- The new law will have detrimental influences on future tobacco use.
- It was an example of the detrimental effect that passive smoking can have on anyone's health.
- She was receiving detrimental treatment on account of her maternity leave.
- The delay in processing the form had not, in this case, proven detrimental to the patent process.