counterproductive

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

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 born 1930

Examples of counterproductive in a Sentence

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

  2. harsh disciplinary measures that prove to be counterproductive

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First Known Use of counterproductive

1959


COUNTERPRODUCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

counterproductive

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Definition of counterproductive for English Language Learners

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



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