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