- something that will cause damage or injury to something or someone
- He saw the new regulations as a detriment to progress.
- He puts all his time into his career, to the detriment of [=in a way that is harmful to] his personal life.
- relying on bad advice, much to your detriment [=in a way that is harmful to you]
- She was able to work long hours without detriment to her health. [=without harming her health]