detrimental Definition

causing harm or damage.

Using detrimental: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "detrimental" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Smoking is detrimental to your health.

  • Example

    The new policy could be detrimental to the company's profits.

  • Example

    Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your performance at work.

detrimental Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for detrimental

Antonyms for detrimental


Summary: detrimental in Brief

The term 'detrimental' [ˌdɛtrɪˈmɛntəl] means causing harm or damage. It is often used to describe things that are harmful to one's health, performance, or profits, as in 'Smoking is detrimental to your health.' 'Detrimental' has formal synonyms like 'harmful' and 'damaging,' and informal ones like 'bad' and 'not good.'

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