detrimental detrimental  /ˌdɛ trə ˈmɛn təl/


  • (adj) (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury


  1. Elliott warns that even if some of the claims on the packaging are true, the foods may still be detrimental to overall well-being.
  2. There's even some evidence to suggest that establishing nut-free zones or nut-free schools may be detrimental to children's health.
  3. Most, but not all, studies have found a detrimental relationship between pollution and the heart.


  1. Report: Humanities, social science education needed along with STEM

    A workforce lacking a robust humanities and social science education could be just as detrimental to the country's future economic competitiveness as one deficient in science and technological expertise, according to an American Academy of Arts and Sciences report released Wednesday.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Oneida Daily Dispatch

  2. Roseland residents voice opposition to expansion of natural gas compressor station

    "It's going to have a terrible detrimental effect to the whole area," said Malvina Krane, 90, a borough resident
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Star-Ledger

  3. Quaker Chemical Offers Solutions for Suppressing Dust

    CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - Dust in the workplace can create significant problems that impact operational efficiency, impair visibility, and increase accident risk; dust can also have detrimental effects on the health of workers and the environment. To address these issues, companies in industries like mining, pit and quarry, and transportation use dust control measures, which are continuous and costly ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ThomasNet


  1. "You have engaged in conduct detrimental to the welfare of the NFL and have violated the league's personal conduct policy," Goodell told Vick in a letter.
    on Aug 24, 2007 By: Roger Goodell Source: Forbes

  2. Macpherson, 47, who is in Britain hosting the TV show Britain's Next Top Model, said that although she had great respect for Chinese medicine she was "fundamentally opposed to any activity which is detrimental to the protection of endangered...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Elle Macpherson Source:

  3. "We don't need to do that. We are very much opposed to war and insecurity," said Ahmadinejad, who arrived in New York Sunday to attend the UN General Assembly. "The insecurity in Iraq is detrimental to our interests."
    on Sep 23, 2007 By: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Source: Forbes

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