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(of an action or policy) unable, because of its inherent qualities, to achieve the end it is designed to bring about.
- ‘Why engage in artistic efforts at all if they are essentially futile and self-defeating and devoid of truth?’
- ‘It looks to me like this silliness is rather quickly morphing into being both destructive and self-defeating.’
- ‘If you value a higher number of automobiles on the highways and also assign high scores to clean air, it is more self-defeating criteria.’
- ‘Last week, I explained how violent acts of revolution would be self-defeating.’
- ‘Given its findings, wouldn't that be a bit self-defeating?’
- ‘Attempts at censorship are, in any case, self-defeating.’
- ‘It seems to me that the idea is rather self-defeating.’
- ‘It's rough and tumble and often self-defeating, but at least it's democratic.’
- ‘The desperate drive for selfish gains is self-defeating.’
- ‘Nothing could be more futile and self-defeating than such a strategy.’
- ‘We cannot give in to nihilism or self-defeating subjectivism.’
- ‘Also, as we have seen in Japan and elsewhere, prosperity is self-defeating.’
- ‘Making ourselves and our allies invisible out of protest is self-defeating.’
- ‘Such action is immoral, and it may also be self-defeating.’
- ‘I suggested to him that the party's policy was self-defeating.’
- ‘There is something very self-defeating in being immoral on principle.’
- ‘Rather than being self-defeating, successful players are their own best friends.’
- ‘Like most prejudice, it's not only baseless, it's self-defeating.’
- ‘It's sort of like an appendage, and no matter how burdensome or self-defeating it is, it's just there.’
- ‘Seldom will so much hot air have been expended by so many for such a meanly self-serving and self-defeating result.’
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