Deleterious Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Deleterious, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Deleterious?

adj. Damaging

History and Meaning of Deleterious

The term "deleterious" comes from the Latin word "deleterius," which means causing harm or damage. In legal contexts, it is often used to describe something that is harmful or detrimental to an individual or society as a whole. Deleterious can refer to physical harm or damage, as well as non-physical harm such as harm to reputation or financial harm.

Examples of Deleterious

  1. The use of asbestos in buildings has been shown to be deleterious to human health, causing lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
  2. The polluted water in the river is having a deleterious effect on the fish population.
  3. The false rumors about the plaintiff had a deleterious effect on their reputation and career prospects.
  4. The company's decision to cut corners and not follow safety regulations had a deleterious impact on their employees' well-being.
  5. The proposed legislation, if implemented, could have a deleterious effect on the country's economy.

Legal Terms Similar to Deleterious

  • Injurious: causing harm or injury
  • Damaging: causing destruction or harm
  • Detrimental: causing harm or damage, often to something's overall success or well-being
  • Adverse: harmful or unfavorable
  • Prejudicial: causing harm or damage, often in a biased or unfair manner.