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