Definition of detrimental adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdetrɪˈmentl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdetrɪˈmentl//
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detrimental (to somebody/something) (formal) harmful synonym damaging the sun’s detrimental effect on skin The policy will be detrimental to the peace process. This move could be seriously detrimental to the economy. Emissions from the factory are widely suspected of having a detrimental effect on health.
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