Examples from the Web for self-defeating
It would seem like a self-defeating move for a government contractor to become a tax exile.
Even that most fundamental American activity of pursuing happiness can become a self-defeating drive.
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|Robert Shrum|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Dean Obeidallah|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I believe absolutely and positively that violence is self-defeating.
Not only would such an attempt involve impossible inquiries, but the attempt would be self-defeating.Social Rights And Duties|Leslie Stephen
No, it would be self-defeating folly to make Wagner appear less in order to have Strauss appear more.How to Appreciate Music|Gustav Kobb
Piecemeal operations within each lesser drainage area can be self-defeating or, at the very least, needlessly expensive.
Born of crass ignorance and self-defeating greed, it cannot bear the light.