Definition of counterproductive in US English:

counterproductive

adjective

  • Having the opposite of the desired effect.

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