Definition of counterproductive in English:

counterproductive

adjective

  • Having the opposite of the desired effect.

    ‘child experts fear the Executive's plans may prove counterproductive’
    • ‘Others again believe that social spending has become ineffective or even counterproductive.’
    • ‘My friend did not disagree with me as to the likely counterproductive effects of such a demonstration.’
    • ‘But going beyond what is reasonable and fair in hope of compromise is simply counterproductive.’
    • ‘That precedent will be both dangerous and counterproductive in the long run.’
    • ‘Trying to give credence to the notion that it was somehow a success seems as counterproductive as it is wrong.’
    • ‘Any warning system that breeds confusion is going to be counterproductive.’
    • ‘Imposing new taxes on them is counterproductive, if one of your goals is job creation.’
    • ‘Why not just say that racism is stupid, counterproductive and morally wrong?’
    • ‘This siege has proven that it is not only counterproductive, it is dangerous.’
    • ‘As a political matter, it seems highly counterproductive for them to ask for more.’
    • ‘There are compelling reasons why such a course of action would also be foolhardy and counterproductive in addition to hugely unlikely.’
    • ‘Its tone belongs to the counterproductive adversarial approach of lawyers concerned with litigation.’
    • ‘Don't try to impose yourself, because that is counterproductive.’
    • ‘Probation officers said naming and shaming offenders was counterproductive and would lead to more re-offending.’
    • ‘Second, these attacks will prove woefully counterproductive for the terrorists.’
    • ‘Keeping a player against his will is simply counterproductive.’
    • ‘Although it might make good headlines, scientific scaremongering is seriously counterproductive.’
    • ‘The protests are counterproductive, because the right wing loves it when the left gets angry.’
    • ‘Child experts fear the Executive's plans may prove counterproductive.’
    • ‘I can't see how implementation of their policy can be other than counterproductive for Australia.’
    harmful, damaging, injurious, hurtful, inimical, deleterious, dangerous, destructive, ruinous, calamitous, disastrous, pernicious, environmentally unfriendly, ill, bad, evil, baleful, malign, corrupting, malignant, adverse, undesirable, prejudicial, unfavourable, unfortunate
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Pronunciation

counterproductive

/ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/