[de-truh-men-tl] /ˌdɛ trəˈmɛn tl/

causing , as loss or injury; damaging; harmful.
a detrimental person or thing.
when postpositive, foll by to. harmful; injurious; prejudicial: smoking can be detrimental to health

1650s; see detriment + -al (1). Related: Detrimentally.


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