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detrimental

adjective

Definition: 1. causing harm; 2. working against something

Synonyms: harmful, damaging, destructive, injurious, unfavorable, adverse, pernicious

Antonyms: helpful, beneficial, favorable

Tips: The related noun detriment means "harm" or "damage." Detrimental is a more sophisticated way of saying "harmful."

Usage Examples:

Smoking cigarettes is detrimental to your health. (harmful, damaging)

The professor's harsh remarks were detrimental to the student's self-confidence. (damaging, injurious)

It's impossible to drink alcohol without detriment to your motor skills. (damage, harm) noun

I hope that our decision to make this investment isn't detrimental to our financial future. (harmful, unfavorable, adverse)


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