Definition of counterproductive in English:

counterproductive

adjective

  • Having the opposite of the desired effect.

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

/ˌkoun(t)ərprəˈdəktiv//ˌkaʊn(t)ərprəˈdəktɪv/