Definition of counterproductive
- violence as a means to achieve an end is counterproductive
- —W. E. Brock born 1930
His uncontrollable anger is very counterproductive to his attempt at saving his marriage.
harsh disciplinary measures that prove to be counterproductive
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: not helpful : making the thing you want to happen less likely to happen
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