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counterproductive

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adjective coun·ter·pro·duc·tive \-prə-ˈdək-tiv\

Simple Definition of counterproductive

  • : not helpful : making the thing you want to happen less likely to happen

Full Definition of counterproductive

  1. :  tending to hinder the attainment of a desired goal <violence as a means to achieve an end is counterproductive — W. E. Brock b1930>

Examples of counterproductive

  1. His uncontrollable anger is very counterproductive to his attempt at saving his marriage.

  2. <harsh disciplinary measures that prove to be counterproductive>



1959

First Known Use of counterproductive

1959



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