Definition of counterproductive in English:

counterproductive

adjective

  • Having the opposite of the desired effect.

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

counterproductive

/ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/