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detract from (someone or something)

To impact someone or something negatively; to diminish someone or something. Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house. His lies detracted from his otherwise stellar record as a senator.
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detract from someone or something

to lessen or diminish someone or something. The large pieces of furniture detracted from the lovely design in the carpet. Alice's quiet demeanor did not detract from her grace and beauty.
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detract from

To reduce a quality, importance, or some other value; diminish something: The dent on the side of the car detracts from its overall value. The politician's uneven voting record detracted from his chances of winning the election.
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Although publications like AIZ made good use of the mordant montages of John Heartfield, generally they frowned upon such "arty" techniques, believing that they detracted from the power of the image to confront the reality of a social situation.
This positioning detracted from results over the period as rates overall declined.
Bishop Clarke said in a recent interview that he still believes that Anglican guilt over residential schools has detracted from the needs of the North and is "destructive.
On both a net asset value and a market price basis, the Fund's relative performance versus the Index benefited from overweights in Russia and US dollar-denominated Argentine domestic issues, while an underweight in Turkey detracted from the relative performance of the Fund versus the Index.
GoProfit has been delayed in securing an underwriter for their IPO, which has delayed the progress of GoProfit's registration with the SEC and has detracted the attention of management in keeping up with the implementation of new features on the GoProfit web site.
The regulatory environment, which has detracted from credit quality in the past, may be less important going forward.
This has detracted from profitability, but should yield results over the long term.
He noted that while engineering support to operations showed "significant improvement," issues relating to modifications and "the implementation of corrective action programs including the Environmental Qualification area program detracted from a higher category rating.