counterproductive

[koun-ter-pruh-duhk-tiv]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. counterpoint,
  2. counterpoise,
  3. counterpoise bridge,
  4. counterpose,
  5. counterpressure,
  6. counterprogram,
  7. counterproof,
  8. counterpropaganda,
  9. counterproposal,
  10. counterproposition

Origin of counterproductive

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + productive

Related formscoun·ter·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for counterproductive

counterproductive

adjective

tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim
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Word Origin and History for counterproductive

counterproductive

adj.

also counter-productive, counter productive, 1920, American English, from counter- + productive.

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