- serving to frustrate, thwart, etc., one's own intention or interests: His behavior was certainly self-defeating.
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Examples from the Web for self-defeating
It would seem like a self-defeating move for a government contractor to become a tax exile.Big Pharma Skips to the U.K. to Avoid Taxes
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Even that most fundamental American activity of pursuing happiness can become a self-defeating drive.How Depression Could Save Your Life
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This isn't a policy in any coherent sense of that word; it's an artifact of resentment, a self-defeating relic from another era.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba
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From a clinical point of view, Dr. Foehl opined, this behavior would be labeled as a “self-defeating personality disorder.”Why Antics by Several Republicans Suggest the Party Needs Therapy
January 31, 2014
I believe absolutely and positively that violence is self-defeating.We Need MLK’s Revolutionary Spirit
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Born of crass ignorance and self-defeating greed, it cannot bear the light.
No, it would be self-defeating folly to make Wagner appear less in order to have Strauss appear more.How to Appreciate Music
Piecemeal operations within each lesser drainage area can be self-defeating or, at the very least, needlessly expensive.
Not only would such an attempt involve impossible inquiries, but the attempt would be self-defeating.Social Rights And Duties
- (of a plan, action, etc) unable to achieve the intended result
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