Adjective "harm" definition and examples

(Harm may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɑːm/

Definitions and examples

noun

Physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted.
  1. 'Like many of those who inflict harm on themselves - whether it's cutting, burning, starving or taking overdoses - her problems began in childhood.'
  2. 'He said: ‘The public were kept safe, and we prevented this unhappy young man from inflicting serious harm to himself.’'
  3. 'Emphasize the importance of telling you and an adult at school whenever another kid or group of kids causes your child or anyone else physical harm.'
  4. 'He said that in some attempted murder cases the intended victim suffers no physical harm but here the victim had suffered appalling injuries.'
  5. 'Some contend that they don't meet the definition because they aren't directed at inflicting physical harm to people.'
  6. 'The circumstances, the spokesman said, were that they had shown their ability to inflict harm and murder people.'
  7. 'I just wish it wasn't at the hands of the patrols and mercenaries who were determined that I not do anyone any physical harm.'
  8. 'They knew that there was a very strong chance that the police would come in and remove them and, in that process, inflict physical injury or serious harm to a person.'
  9. 'However, what held her full attention now was the fact she was being surrounded by a group of men carrying various tools that could inflict harm on a person.'
  10. 'Do you think she'd inflict bodily harm on him?'
  11. 'it's unlikely to do much harm to the engine'
  12. 'If their actions or protests involve harm or damage to personnel or equipment, then that action is much more serious than a protest.'
  13. 'CPC also claims for damages arising from harm caused to the roof of its plant by JDL in the course of its installation of the equipment.'
  14. 'Mrs Thelwell secured retrospective planning permission to put up a new staircase and partition wall at Sundial House as councillors accepted the work had not resulted in any material harm.'
  15. 'They are not usually considered to be an important part of the vehicle. However these bumpers somehow decrease harm and damage done to your car during any accidents.'
  16. 'They tend to lack good judgment but avoid intentional harm; significant property damage is common.'
  17. 'It has been published in on-line media such as Planet Ark that are accessed by the target consumers for our cheese, and thus may do us material harm.'
  18. 'He added: ‘We investigate all reports of pollution and harm to the environment will result in prosecution.’'
  19. 'there's no harm in asking her'
  20. 'I would appreciate it if you could ask your readers to be aware of such scams as they have the potential for massive harm.'
  21. 'We think it is important that drinkers are aware of larger measures and the potential harm of drinking too much.'
  22. 'Once BW agents have fallen to the ground, these are not likely to cause harm in humans, unless through secondary ingestion of contaminated materials.'
  23. 'Another misconception is that race-conscious admission policies somehow shame or harm underrepresented students of color.'
  24. 'Contrary to popular belief, taking HRT in non-tablet form does not protect one against either side effects or potential harm.'
  25. 'Over and above the cost and discomfort of the actual test, the most important potential harm is the risk of a false-positive result.'
  26. 'What possible harm could this therapeutic effect have?'
  27. 'Because children are still developing, they are at a greater risk for potential harm from pesticide exposure, say experts.'
  28. 'There's a huge amount of shame associated with causing harm to patients with an error, and it's not readily confessed.'
  29. 'In reversing his position, Ashcroft told Mueller that the value of disclosing the information outweighs the potential harm to national security.'

verb

Physically injure.
  1. 'They may believe that they never physically harm anyone but in fact may cause serious psychological damage or pain.'
  2. 'Although the 62-year-old was not physically harmed, he was badly shaken by the time the police came to his rescue.'
  3. 'Disillusioned, Grace physically harms herself to override the emotional pain from inside.'
  4. 'You do not have the right to physically harm other people.'
  5. 'Acceptable social behavior does not include physically harming another person or placing another child in the role of ‘victim.’'
  6. 'There is no use fighting intolerance by physically harming someone.'
  7. 'This taxi driver became violent and physically harmed me.'
  8. 'An absolute right to freedom of expression neither physically harms anybody nor deprives them of their property.'
  9. 'The teen was threatened, but not physically harmed although the attack left her traumatized, Thiessen said.'
  10. 'Hunter had no business whatsoever in physically harming Lucas for protecting his younger sister.'
  11. 'smoking when pregnant can harm your baby'
  12. 'Computers treated with certain flame retardants may be harming the health of those who use them.'
  13. 'In short, why do those whose health has been harmed by pollution so rarely challenge the industries that they believe are responsible for it?'
  14. 'Even with respect to mercury contamination, which was harming human health, the federal government has not honoured its treaty and constitutional obligations.'
  15. 'The children's health was also harmed by cramped working conditions and the loud music, which was played with the intention of keeping them entertained.'
  16. 'Some workers who claim that their health has been harmed by tobacco smoke at work, are already suing employers for damages of up to 250,000.'
  17. 'Alcohol consumption becomes a sin when it corrupts righteous thought or behavior, harms health, or violates any civil law.'
  18. 'I underwent extensive testing and luckily, I was healthy, but this scare was enough for me to realize that no weight-loss drug is worth harming my health.'
  19. 'Environmentalists claim the waves were harming the health of local residents.'
  20. 'This all stems from the radio this week as it was announced that parents who put their children on a strict vegan diet are harming their health.'
  21. 'Late last month, fake milk powder caused the deaths of at least 12 babies in East China's Anhui Province and harmed the health of hundreds more.'
  22. 'Britain cannot continue indefinitely to spend more than she is earning without higher taxes or higher interest rates - either of which will harm our economic prospects.'
  23. 'Bilingual education may actually be harming the prospects of many students who don't speak English.'
  24. 'Cunningham is popular with the party faithful, but party modernisers view her as too radical and fear that some of her views could be harming their electoral prospects.'
  25. 'In a belated move, the education authorities decided to crack down on teaching practices that are harming the neutrality of education.'
  26. 'Taking five or eight or ten years off to get the kids started off right before they go to school is going to mean irreparably harming our prospects for advancement.'
  27. 'Some studies have concluded that mothers could be harming the educational prospects of their offspring by returning to work too early.'
  28. 'Too many new entrepreneurs harm their own prospects by underpricing their goods and services.'
  29. 'Activists feared attacks would only harm a population already devastated by two decades of war and famine.'
  30. 'Do we feed the hungry by developing higher-yielding crops, even if it might harm the Earth?'
  31. 'Other reasons for not supporting a ban were that it would infringe people's rights and could harm business prospects.'

More definitions

1. physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm.

2. moral injury; evil; wrong. verb (used with object)

3. to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation.

More examples(as adjective)

"policies can be harm."

"shrimps can be harm."

"deteriorations can be harm."

"authorities can be harm."

"worsenings can be harm."

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Origin

Old English hearm (noun), hearmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German Harm and Old Norse harmr ‘grief, sorrow’.

Phrase

come to no harm
do more harm than good
no harm done
no harm, no foul
out of harm's way
there is no harm in —