Definition of counterproductive in English:

counterproductive

adjective

  • Having the opposite of the desired effect.

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