Definition of detriment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

detriment

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdetrɪmənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetrɪmənt//
 
[uncountable, countable, usually singular](formal)
 
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  • the act of causing harm or damage; something that causes harm or damage Wood accounts for 90% of energy production in some countries, with consequent environmental detriment. Too many tests are a detriment to good education.
  • Word Origin late Middle English in the sense ‘loss sustained by damage’: from Old French, from Latin detrimentum, from detri-, stem of deterere ‘wear away’.Extra examples The tax cannot be introduced without detriment to people’s living standards. Too many tests are a detriment to good education.Idioms
    to the detriment of somebody/something, to somebody/something’s detriment
     
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    resulting in harm or damage to somebody/something He was engrossed in his job to the detriment of his health.
    without detriment (to somebody/something)
     
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    not resulting in harm or damage to somebody/something This tax cannot be introduced without detriment to people’s living standards.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: detriment