counterproductive


coun·ter·pro·duc·tive

adjective \-prə-ˈdək-tiv\

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

Full Definition of COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

:  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>

First Known Use of COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

1959

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