counterproductive

[ koun-ter-pruh-duhk-tiv ]
/ ˌkaʊn tər prəˈdʌk tɪv /

adjective

thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose: Living on credit while trying to save money is counterproductive.

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Origin of counterproductive

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + productive

OTHER WORDS FROM counterproductive

coun·ter·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for counterproductive

counterproductive
/ (ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv) /

adjective

tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim
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