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English definition of “detriment”

detriment

noun [U] uk   /ˈdet.rɪ.mənt/ formal us  
harm or damage: Are you sure that I can follow this diet without detriment to my health? She was very involved with sports at college, to the detriment of (= harming) her studies.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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